Cinematryoshka: "The Irony of Fate"
We would like to show you some funny fragments of the most New Year film in the history of Russian cinema. We've even asked our editors to recall their favorite phrases from the film - and that was not a big deal cause in Russia everybody remembers the quotes from "Irony of Fate" by heart.
Since 1976 "Irony of fate or Enjoy your bath" of Eldar Ryazanov is the most popular film in Russia (and in former USSR). Every time on the 31st of December just a few hours before the New Year this immortal movie is shown on Russian TV.
If you ask a Russian whether he loves "Irony of fate" or not, he will be confused. He may not love it, but he definitely had seen it millions of times. The feeling, that this film raise in the hearts is a foretaste of the holidays with a bit of nostalgia.
This story is about a group of old friends, that have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Occasionally too much vodka and beer makes two of them unconscious. The problem is that one of them (Sasha) has to go to Leningrad but another one (Zhenya) goes. Zhenya wakes up at Leningrad airport. Believing that he is still in Moscow he takes a taxi and goes home. The street name, building and even apartment number, the way an apartment complex looks the same and the key coincide completely - just typical Soviet-type 'economy' architecture. Imagine the surprise of Nadya when she enters her apartment and finds a man without trousers in her bed. What's more - Nadya's fiancé also finds him there..