Rent-a-Dad

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Type: film
Genre: comedy
Year of production: 2008
Duration: 90 minutes
Directed by: Artemiy Litvinenko
Written by: Artemiy Litvinenko
Production designer: Evgeniya Lisetskaya
Director of photography: Andrey Lisetskiy
Composers: Igor' Mel'nichyuk, Pavel Krakhmaliov
Producers: Aleksey Goncharenko , Vlad Ryashin
Premiere: 12/06/2010 (Russia), 30/11/2008 (Ukraine)
Cast: Sergey Garmash, Alena Babenko, Miroslav Belonogiy, Irma Vitovskaya, Aleksandr Perkov, Tamara Plashenko
Irina, a young unmarried mother, is raising her 10-year old son as best she can, but it is clear that he needs a father, just like his friends.

One day, as Kirill arrives home, a scruffy unshaven man bursts into the building being pursued by a gang of men.  Kirill wonders if this man might possibly be his father and the man, whose name is Tolya, to avoid being captured, goes along with the story. 

Tolya tells the boy that he is a policeman and the reason for his long absence is that he has been working undercover.  He regales Kirill with stories of his many adventures and tough assignments and, after spending the week together, the two have formed a close bond. 

The change in Kirill is immediately obvious to everyone and especially to his mother who cannot help but notice his high spirits.  However, when Irina discovers that her son’s improvement is due to Tolya’s dishonesty, she throws him out and threatens to call the police if he ever tries to come back.
Kirill becomes severely depressed after his ‘father’ leaves and refuses to believe he was not the father he so wanted him to be.  So following the advice of a psychologist, Irina offers Tolya a deal – she will pay him to tutor her son but he must tell Kirill the truth…
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