| Drama, Romance
A story about true love, set in the Berlin of the 1920s. In a shabby lodging-house inhabited by a number of faintly ludicrous characters, the young Russian exile Ganin is unexpectedly confronted with his past.
This film is based on Vladimir Nabokov's first novel "Mashen'ka", which was written in Russian and published in 1926 when Nabokov was living in Berlin. "Mashen'ka" contained autobiographical descriptions of his first serious romance and of the family estate (also described in the autobiography "Speak, Memory"). "Mashen'ka" was also derived from his earlier, abandoned novel "Happiness".