Time to Be Happy

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Type: film
Genre: melodrama
Year of production: 2008
Duration: 90 minutes
Directed by: Dmitriy Sorokin
Written by: Kira Khudoley, Anastasiya Ekareva
Production designer: Valeriy Arkhipov
Director of photography: Vyacheslav Krasakov
Music by: Valeriy Efimov
Producers: Vitaliy Bordachev , , Vlad Ryashin
Premiere: 14/12/2008 (Russia), 07/12/2008 (Ukraine)
Cast: Igor Kostolevskiy, Elena Velikanova, Viktoriya Romanenko, Aleksandr Vershinin, Elena Mol'chenko, Maya Polyanskaya, Viktor Zaporozhskiy, Lyubov Tikhomirova, Tatyana Rogozina, Konstantin Spasskiy, Olga Prokof'eva
A divorced Professor of gynaecology leads a quiet life preferring his work and his own company to other people. However, his solitude comes to an abrupt end when a neighbour knocks on his door one day asking for help. A young girl in his office is pregnant. Alone and confused, Anna feels that an abortion is her only option, but her doctor has advised her that, if she goes ahead with the operation, it is unlikely she will be able to have children. The Professor reluctantly agrees to examine her, but when he confirms his colleague’s diagnosis, Anna is distraught.

When Anna comes to his house some days later, the lonely Professor has no choice but to invite her in, and as they talk, something about this vulnerable young girl begins to touch him. The unexpected arrival of his 20-year old son, however, brings about a furious argument during which it becomes clear who has fathered Anna’s child.

Furious that his son has no interest in the baby, the Professor convinces Anna to stay, promising to take care of her. Anna agrees and, as the months pass, they become close. However, Anna’s mother’s disapproval combined with his ex-wife’s interference force the Professor to resign, and they move to another town where the baby can be born.

Anna has a difficult delivery but gives birth to a baby boy. After so much stress and worry, the Professor has a heart attack and is taken to hospital. Anna rushes to be with him and, as he begins his recovery, their true feelings for one another become clear. The Professor adopts the child, and he and Anna begin a new life together.