Synopsis by Mark Deming
They say clothes make the man, but three young men discover that isn't as true as they might hope in this bittersweet comedy drama. Peaky (Alexander Yatsenko), Dumbo (Ivan Kokorin), and Geka (Artur Povolotsky) are three teenagers who've come of age in a small town on the shores of the Black Sea dominated by merchant shipping. In a village with little in the way of glamour and excitement, a symbol of both hangs in the window of a local clothing shop -- a brand new Gucci suit, which all three boys wish was theirs. Even though Peaky, Dumbo, and Geka are all short on money, they're long on resourcefulness, and after a few less-than-legal money-making schemes, the guys are able to pool enough money to collectively buy the suit. All three are given a boost of confidence by their new threads, but they also find that confidence doesn't help make things go your way, as Peaky and Geka both try to persuade their long-estranged parents to reunite, and Dumbo attempts to persuade his girlfriend that he'll do nearly anything to hold on to her. Shik was screened as part of the "Panorama" series at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival.