Beauty and the Sleeper

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Type: film
Genre: melodrama
Year of production: 2008
Duration: 90 minutes
Directed by: Irina Apeksimova
Written by: Lidia pobedinskaya
Production designer: Andrey Pochaev
Director of photography: Aleksandr Pushkin
Music by: Sergey Paramonov
Producer: Valentin Opalev
Premiere: 15/01/2009 (Russia), 08/03/2009 (Ukraine)
Cast: Elena Ksenofontova, Andrey Il'in, Aleksandr Rezalin, Tatyana Konyukhova, Galina Shevyakova, Kristina Babushkina, Sergey Veksler, Andrey Rapoport, Anna Terekhova, Evgeniy Aksenov, Dmitriy Mironov, Roman Shumilov
Elena, a young nurse is shocked to find a dead man in her bed when she returns home from her holiday. She quickly calls an ambulance and fortunately, on arrival at the hospital, the doctors discover that the stranger is alive but in a coma. His wife, the beautiful Margarita is too busy to look after her husband and so pays Elena to take care of him. As the days pass, Edgar begins to regain his strength, however, his memory is slow to recover so when he is finally discharged from hospital, Elena continues to look after him at home.
They soon fall in love and while Edgar proposes to Elena, Margarita comes to take her husband home and an inevitable argument erupts, which culminates in Edgar asking Margarita for a divorce. It is the arrival of Elena’s friend, July, however, that prompts the return of Edgar’s memory. Unbeknown to Elena, July works as a prostitute and had picked up a drunken Edgar one night at a restaurant. She had taken him back to Elena’s empty apartment, but Edgar had come to his senses just in time and asked her to leave. While Margarita finds this story amusing, Elena is extremely upset and throws both women out of her house. But things are about to get a lot worse for Elena when Edgar and July meet unexpectedly in the park…