Homeless Woman, The

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Type: film
Genre: melodrama
Year of production: 2007
Duration: 90 minutes
Directed by: Yuliy Volokhonskay, Yuriy Osipov
Written by: Mariya Shkatulova
Production designer: Andrey Pochaev
Director of photography: Aleksandr Pushkin
Music by: Grigor Kazaryan
Producers: Valentin Opalev , Vlad Ryashin
Premiere: 10/03/2008 (Russia), 16/06/2008 (Ukraine)
Cast: Tatyana Dogileva, Yuriy Belyaev, Arseniy Khristenko, Polina Borunova, Denis Kurochka, Irina Paladko, Aleksandr Feklistov, Elena Bushueva- Tsekhanskaya, Andrey Rapoport, Elena Galibina, Aleksey Yanin
Tatyana is a forty-five year old teacher from Moscow who borrows a large sum of money to pay for her sick mother’s operation. Sadly her mother dies, and Tatyana soon finds herself plunged into debt. Her financial situation spirals further out of control when she is ill advised by her friends to set up a cake stall at the local market, a venture, which, not surprisingly, fails. Tatyana is forced to sell her apartment and, after an argument with her niece with whom she has been staying, Tatyana is left with no job and nowhere to live.

Just as she begins to feel really desperate, Tatyana is hired as a cashier in a nearby supermarket, and her luck slowly begins to change. The owner takes pity on her and allows her to live in a small room at the back of the shop, and it is there that she meets Anton, a young boy who is shoplifting to get his father’s attention. Tatyana feels genuinely sorry for Anton and, instead of reporting him to the police, decides to help him. They begin studying together after school and, after striking up a true friendship, Anton persuades his father to hire Tatyana as a housekeeper and his tutor. Anton’s father, amazed at the change in his son, readily agrees, however, his jealous lover wants Tatyana out of their lives and tries to frame her for theft. Fortunately Anton discovers her plan just in time and reveals her deceitfulness to his father, who immediately throws her out.

Tatyana by now has fallen in love with Anton’s father, but he is yet to notice her as a woman. This happens one day when he buys her a dress as a thank you present for taking his son to a concert on her day off. Finally he sees Tatyana as the attractive, intelligent and elegant woman that he has been searching for.