| Crime, Drama
The film, set in the mid 1990s outside of St. Petersburg, tells the story of an ethnic Yakut, Major Skryabin, a shell-shocked veteran of the Afghan-Soviet War, who works as a stoker.
Aleksey Balabanov says the fire that is in every house shown in the film is not a symbol. It is just shown because "it's the style. Every picture should have its own style."
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