Brother director Alexei Balabanov takes the helm for this over-the-top black comedy concerning the clash between a sadistic police captain and an atheist university professor. The year is 1984, and power-abusing police Captain Zhurov (Alexei Poluyan) lives in a modest Leninisk home with his incoherent, alcoholic mother (Valentina Andryukova). Existing in stark contrast to the corrupt urban policeman, grain alcohol slinger Alexei (Alexei Serebryakov) lives in a remote country shack with his wife Tonya (Natalya Akimova). One night, on his way to visit his mother, local academic Artem (Leonid Gromov)'s care breaks down near Alexei and Tonya's cabin. Later, after Alexei and Artem engaged in a lively debate about communism, atheism, and religion, Leninisk youths Valeria (Leonid Bicevin) and Angelika (Agniya Kuznetsova) show up at the shack in search of some hooch. But Captain Zhurov, who has been lurking in the shadows all along, wants communist chief's daughter Angelika all to himself, and he's willing to take drastic measures in order to get her back to his place and work out his many sexual frustrations.