PÖFF: Arrhythmia

Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works as a nurse at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce.The new head of Oleg’s EMA department is a cold-hearted manager who’s got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn’t care less about the rules – he’s got lives to save; his attitude gets him in trouble with the new boss. The crisis at work coincides with the personal life crisis.Caught up between their patients, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, and an evolving health care system, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that will keep them together.

"One of the most intriguing directors on the Russian scene today, Boris Khlebnikov here affirms his ability to paint a faithful picture of a specific environment. Though with a certain measure of hyperbole, he nevertheless also demonstrates benevolence and understanding in his portrayal of the dilemmas and emotions of his heroes. With a precise directorial style the filmmaker presents a study of a relationship experiencing an arrhythmia similar to that affecting the hearts of the patients Oleg treats in his ambulance. The film boasts a fine performance from Khlebnikov’s cast regular Alexander Yatsenko, superbly supported by the dazzling Irina Gorbacheva in the role of Katya."Lenka Tyrpáková, Karlovy Vary Film Festival