Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Sexual excess eventually degenerates into madness in this extremely explicit (and repetitive) feature from the late Soviet period in Russia. The story is loosely based on Madame Bovary and it takes place in a remote region of Russia, and is only vaguely anchored in time. It concerns the efforts of a highly imaginative and sensitive doctor's wife to bring some life to her dull existence. Certainly her plodding husband is no help. Thus, when she is not exclaiming in French, she seeks out, and has sex with, seemingly the whole male population of her town - in fields, in wagons - anywhere, and everywhere.