Suspicion can poison your relationship. When Lena, a young woman in a passionless, sexless marriage, reads one of her husband’s text messages, she is convinced he is cheating on her. To get even she actively seeks out affairs, which gets hopelessly out of control.

The Russian Fidelity, a daring, explicit psychological drama about a woman rediscovering her sexuality and subsequently not being able to stop, was directed by a woman, Nigina Sayfullaeva, and you can tell. She completely sides with Lena, while the men in the latter’s life seemingly don’t have a clue how to deal with her desires. Her irrational, impulsive actions and the underlying, complex psychology are made wonderfully tangible by actress Jevgenia Gromova. This drama shot in soft, muted colours, asks whispered questions about the role of sex, power and vulnerability in relationships.

Original title
Vernost
Filmmaker
Nigina Sayfullaeva
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Russia
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
82’
Language
Russian
Producer
Sergey Kornikhin, Valeriy Fedorovich
Production Company
Droog Drooga Film Company, TNT Premier Studios
Sales
Droog Drooga Film Company
Writer
Nigina Sayfullaeva, Lubov Mulmenko
Cinematography
Mark Ziselson
Editor
Vadim Krasnitsky
Production Design
Marusia Parfenova-Chukhray, Ulyana Polyanskaya
Sound Design
Andrey Dergachev
Cast
Eugenia Gromova, Aleksandr Pal, Marina Vasileva, Alexey Agranovich, Anna Kotova, Pavel Vorozhtsov