Director: Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Cast: Natalia Pavlenkova, Dmitry Groshev, Irina Chipizhenko
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Russia-Germany-France 2016 87 mins. (15)
Released by Arrow Films
Middle-aged Natasha, who shares her life with her mother and an aged cat, works as a procurement officer in a zoo, where she is the butt of her colleagues’ jokes. However, there is something mysterious about her and we soon discover that, unknown to them, Natasha has grown a tail. She goes to the doctor and has X-rays taken at the hospital, but her condition is considered inoperable. She then begins a romance with Peter, a young radiologist and, at the age of 55, new life experiences begin to open up. As rumours spread and develop (about a woman marked by the devil), she is led to define a new reality. Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s realist approach to his absurd contemporary fairy tale inserts itself into the realities of contemporary Russian life. Resonant and compelling, it features a captivating performance by Natalia Pavlenkova as Natasha. 2016 London Film Festival.