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The Doctor

Different children stay in the same ward. One completely went into the world of virtual reality of computer games and decided that he had ceased to be a man and turned into a Creature. The second, through the fault of his stepfather, was carried away by the ideas of racism. The third, a boy from a prosperous family, did not want to live and tried to step from the balcony. And the fourth one is just silent and hates everyone. How to reach out to their hearts, find the root of the evil that has settled in their souls; how to explain what is good and what is bad if their parents failed to do that - explain that life is worth living and appreciating every moment of it? Such are the tasks faced by Dr. Christophorov, a man with a big heart that aches for others. He questions previously made diagnoses, overcomes bureaucratic obstacles, his own problems and doubts, the resistance of young patients, misunderstanding of his loved one, the head of the hospital Margarita – and he does everything to help his little patients.
The film stars children with real diagnoses and children from Russian orphanages. It is based on real case histories of teenage patients of a psychiatric hospital.
This film was shot by an independent studio without state support.

  • Artyom Temnikov
    No Comment, Blood
  • Artyom Temnikov
  • Tamara Bocharova
  • Maria Anufrieva
  • Asya Temnikova
  • Olga Tsirsen
  • Sergey Puskepalis
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Christophorov"
    "How I Ended This Summer" Silver Bear for Best Actor 2010 (60th) Berlin International Film Festival
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  • Runtime:
    2 hours
  • Completion Date:
    November 22, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    300,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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  • Student Project:
  • Open Russian film festival of auteur films "Winter"
    Russian Federation
    December 4, 2022
    Russian Federation
    Official Selection . Best Screenplay Award, Special prize - Sergey Puskepalis.
Distribution Information
  • Asya Temnikova
    Sales Agent
    Country: Russian Federation
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Artyom Temnikov

Artem Temnikov was born on October 5, 1968, in Moscow, Russia.
In 1985 he graduated from general education and art school.
From 1986 to 1988 he served in the Navy.
In 1993 he graduated from the directing department of the All-Russian Institute for Advanced Training of Cinematographers of the Committee of the Russian Federation on Cinematography, workshop of Stanislav Rostotsky.
In 1998 he graduated from the KSPU (Kaluga State Pedagogical University) with the qualification of a social psychologist.
He wrote scripts and as a director made documentaries for TV, worked in hot spotsFilmed TV programs about travel and discoveries “Around the World”, “Russian Extreme”, “In Search of Adventure”, “Far and Even Farther” and others. Filmed dozens of programs and documentaries in more than 90 countries.
In 2014, he wrote the script and directed the full-length feature film "NO COMMENT", and in 2018 the full-length feature film "BLOOD" based on the story "July Morning" by Valery Bylinsky. Both films won awards at national and international film festivals. In 2022, he made the feature film The Doctor, which premiered in competition at the Zimniy Open Russian Film Festival, where the film received two prizes.

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Director Statement

"The happiness of the whole world is not worth one tear on the cheek of an innocent child."
But if these tears are a sea, the child has already turned into a teenager, and the culprits are
the closest people. The question remains: what to do? How to help those who stumble
lead your own children past the traps set by a difficult age?
Hear to understand. Return to save. Believe not to lose.
The problems of teenagers and their parents, neurosis, stress, exacerbation of mental disorders and hormonal surges of teenagers, misunderstanding by adults of their fear of entering the cruel world of adults, have always been relevant, but in our time, there are much more irritants, including virtual reality and the influence of peer bloggers for fragile souls. The acuteness of adolescents' reactions to these stimuli increased, which led to an intensification of the conflict between "fathers and children" at a new round of evolution. The hospital in which Dr. Christophorov works is not only a hospital, but also such a small world, a prototype of the big world in which we live.