Downsizing the Family

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Type: film
Genre: comedy melodrama
Year of production: 2008
Duration: 102 minutes
Directed by: Sergey Krutin
Production designer: Anastasiya Kononenko
Director of photography: Mikhail Markov
Music by: Egor Olesov
Premiere: 30/03/2008 (Russia), 14/12/2008 (Ukraine)
Cast: Yuriy Stepanov, Elena Yakovleva, Yaroslav Zhalnin, Svetlana Malyukova, Natalia Prosvetova, Konstantin Milovanov
Colonel Carp lives with his wife, Larisa, a gynaecologist and their son, Andrey in a large house in the city.  Apart from his demanding job in the military, the colonel loves to hunt and fish, which takes him away from home for long periods of time.  However, it is his love of other women that is the real cause of his absences and his marital problems.  With this example to follow, it is no surprise that the children are also proving unlucky in love.  Daughter Veronica has fallen in love with the wrong man while son Andrey is following in his father’s footsteps and gaining a reputation as a ladies’ man. 

When the colonel is told by his superiors that his family is to be relocated to a small flat, he decides the easiest solution would be to marry Andrey off.  Andrey has no shortage of girlfriends but all of them refuse to marry him.  However, there is one exception - Sonja, a plain girl and not Andrey’s usual type, wants to be his wife and, although Andrey is initially horrified by this prospect, his father encourages him to give her a chance.  As Andrey and Sonja become better acquainted, he finds himself falling in love with her.  It seems the colonel’s plan is finally coming together – until, that is, Larisa suddenly announces that she is leaving him for another man.  Maybe the colonel’s new flat will be sufficient after all!