By Françoise HUGUIER


Documentary - Completed 2008

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Françoise HUGUIER
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/4B7F-4F4F-AA0D-9876-A325-L
    • Producer(s)
    • Serge LALOU
    • Synopsis
    • “Komunalka” observes life in a communal flat in Saint Petersburg. This mode of life that is so closely linked to Russia’s Soviet past nonetheless remains a common phenomenon. Nowadays, some 90,000 flats are shared due to the ongoing economic crisis. This is more than just communal life – it is life at close quarters.
      By focusing on the different inhabitants, the film takes a look at everyday life in this type of flat and at the particular human relationships that develop in such living conditions. A communal flat is a space people share only because they have no other choice. A place in which people generally know nothing about each other; a sealed-off space that serves as a backdrop against which the contradictions of the human condition and those within Russian culture and society in these times of great change are exposed and explode.