Masha, a gynaecology doctor, is so absorbed by her work that she doesn’t immediately come to notice that her husband is about to leave her. Her life is shattered: Masha is overloaded at work, and her kids are demanding constant attention. Used to winning, Masha isn’t ready to hand over her beloved husband to a young and stunning-looking fitness trainer. Masha won’t stop at anything to get him back, including turning to supernatural forces. But her new life opens up new opportunities, so is this old barely flickering flame really worth reigniting?
Anna ParmasDirectorPetersburg. Only for Love (2016)
Anna ParmasWriterPetersburg. Only for Love (2016)
Natalya DrozdProducerArythmia (2015)
Sergey SelyanovProducerThe Mongol (2008)
Anna MikhalkovKey Cast"Masha "Siberian Barberer by Nikita Mikhalkov
Project Title (Original Language):Давай разведемся!
Runtime:1 hour 52 minutes
Completion Date:June 30, 2019
Production Budget:1,200,000 USD
Country of Origin:Russian Federation
Country of Filming:Russian Federation
Aspect Ratio:16 9
Exponenta / RiverletDistributorCountry: Russian FederationRights: All Rights, Theatrical
Anna Parmas was born in Leningrad in 1970.
Despite having an engineering degree from the Leningrad Institute of Aviation Instrumentation, she worked as assistant director at Lenfilm, and soon started her career in television. From 1995 to 2004, she was a co-author of the popular TV shows Ostorozhno, Modern! (Caution! It’s Modern!) and Odnazhdy Vecherom (One Evening). From 2004 to 2007, she worked with several Russian TV channels as a director and screenwriter. In collaboration with Avdotya Smirnova, Anna Parmas co-wrote and made her debut as an actress in the films Two Days (2011) and Kokoko (2012). In 2012 she wrote and donated a play The Golden Key for the Warm Home Charity Foundation. In 2015 Parmas wrote and directed four music videos for the band Leningrad, including the scandalously famous Exponat (Showpiece) and V Pitere – Pit’ (In St. Pete, You Drink). In 2016, Anna Parmas’ novella Girls was featured in the anthology film St. Petersburg. A Selfie.
1996–1998 - TV show Ostorozhno, Modern! (Caution! It’s Modern!), director and screenwriter;
1998 - TV show Odnazhdy Vecherom (One Evening), director;
2001–2004 - TV show Ostorozhno, Modern! (Caution! It’s Modern!), director and screenwriter;
2005 - mini-series Nezhnaya Zima (Tender Winter), director and screenwriter;
2007 - TV show Zachem vy, Devochki? (Why, Girls), director and screenwriter;
2009 - documentary TV series Leningradskiye Istorii (Leningrad Tales), director;
2011 - feature film Na Kryuchke (Hooked), screenwriter;
2011 - feature film Dva Dnya (Two Days), screenwriter, in collaboration with Avdotya Smirnova;
2012 - feature film Kokoko, screenwriter, in collaboration with Avdotya Smirnova;
• Amur Autumn Film Festival, 2012 - Best Screenplay Award;
• XX Viva Russian Cinema Nationwide Film Festival, 2012 - Best Screenplay Award.
2012 - short film Plov (Pilaf), screenwriter;
2016 - novella Devochki (Girls), featured in the anthology film St. Petersburg. A Selfie, director and screenwriter;
• Kinotavr Film Festival - an opening film;
• Sakhalin Film Festival, On the Edge - Viewers’ Choice Award;
• Minsk International Film Festival, Listapad - an opening film;
2016 - short film Koncert Rakhmaninova (Rachmaninoff’s Concerto), director and screenwriter;
2015 - VIP, for the band Leningrad, director and screenwriter;
2015 - ZOZh (Healthy Lifestyle) for the band Leningrad, director and screenwriter;
2016 - Exponat (Showpiece), for the band Leningrad, director and screenwriter;
2016 - V Pitere – Pit’ (In St. Pete, You Drink), for the band Leningrad, director and screenwriter;
2016 - Siski (Tits), for the band Leningrad, director and screenwriter;
2017 - Ekstaz (Ecstatic), for the band Leningrad, director and screenwriter;
The film’s main idea is that there’s no recipe on how to live through a personal tragedy but there’s always hope for any soul wound to heal - you just have to stop thinking of it as lethal.
The protagonist Masha Eliseyeva is a strong and mature woman, an established gynecologic surgeon and mother of two young children. One day, she learns that her husband Misha, with whom she was going to live happily ever after, has another woman and, apparently, other plans for life.
In a matter of moments, everything she’s dreamed of crumbles, and she has to come up with a new life for herself. Starting life all over again is hard enough, and harder still if the ‘old life’ was comfortable and well-planned, so Masha puts all of her energy and strength into trying to put her shattered life back together. She wages a war for her ex-husband hoping to reclaim the future she’s been dreaming of.
She makes all sorts of mistakes and does all sorts of stupid things, ending up facing her rival with a crow bar in her hand. At that moment, ordinary human weakness prevents her from passing the point of no return. She simply chickens out, and her first timid step aside marks the beginning of her healing.
We’re not trying to write a prescription for the audience on what to do to make things easier; we’re trying to show that real life is far more interesting than the life imagined or planned ahead. That real life is like a wonderful movie with an unpredictable plot that’s worth watching to the end.