Synopsis by Mark Deming
Five Russian filmmakers tell stories of love, both witty and serious, in this anthology feature. "Infamy," directed by Boris Khlebnikov, concerns a young reporter (Alexander Yatsenko) living in a shabby apartment block who is confused by the alternately sweet and sour attentions of one of his neighbors (Ilya Sherbinin). Ivan Vyrypaev shares a tale of bitter envy between two lovers (Alexei Filimonov and Karolina Gruszka) in "To Feel." A man working in a shoe repair shop (Ivan Dobronravov) falls for a woman after seeing no more than her feet in Pyotr Buslov's "Emergency Repair." In "Kim" by Alexey German Jr., a violent madman (Karim Pakachakov) locked away in a mental hospital falls in love with the doctor (Anna Ekaterininskaya) in charge of his case. And Kirill Serebrennikov directs the comic finale "Kiss The Shrimp," in which an eccentric man (Yuri Chursin) hired to promote a seafood restaurant takes his orders a bit too literally when he's told people need to love their crustacean mascot. Korokoye zamikaniye (aka Crush: 5 Love Stories) was an official selection at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.