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Surrounded by hustlers and black marketers, Shlykov (Piotr Zaitchenko), a hard-working, anti-semitic taxi driver, is pushed over the edge when Lyosha (Piotr Mamonov), a Jewish saxophonist, stiffs him on a fare. Enraged, Shlykov tracks down the freeloading musician and forces him to pay off the debt through physical labor. Despite their prejudices, the two develop a bizarre love-hate relationship and ultimately realize they aren't so different after all.
Set behind the Iron Curtain, this Cannes award-winning film by Pavel Lounguine (The Island, Tycoon: A New Russian,) was hailed by The New York Times as "a haunting travelogue filled with raw, pitiless glimpses of a troubled society."