The movie is set in Moscow in the 80'. It was directed at the end of the Soviet times, and has a modern character, but not yet as depressive as many later Russian productions. The movie shows a story of Rita, a young girl with an angel-like personality, who tries to help her boyfriend to settle his debts with local mafia. Rita encounters Yaya, a deaf girl who lives as an outcast. They team up in their efforts to earn a big sum of money, although this is driven by different motivations. The story line is simple and has a clear point, action flows fast, and it is mostly logical. Mafia/action scenes are balanced, well directed, and they don't cause unnecessary distraction - after all it is not a crime drama but a philosophical story. The actors played their demanding roles very well, creating convincing characters of deaf people (personally, I haven't met any, so I can't say if the representation is realistic, but anyway the story is a parable). The speech of the deaf sounds a bit weird and comic, their behaviour looks silly, and overall the characters seem somewhat retarded. It is tempting to judge their actions according to 'our normal' standards, but as we watch the story we come to the realisation that if we take the effort to see the world through their eyes, it will enrich our own perspective, but this value can only be achieved if we manage to get out of the box.
All in all, I was impressed by the uniqueness of this movie. Do watch it if you like non typical characters, rich content, and yet captivating story line.