Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In his hometown of Saratov, Bob is a pretty cool gangster and can be trusted to carry out his boss's instructions properly, so it's understandable, really, that his boss thinks of sending the leather-clad youth on a thousand-mile ride on his antique motorcycle to Moscow in order to collect a bad debt. He's never killed anyone before, but he is willing to carry out his boss' orders. The person he was sent to kill may be an old friend of his, but since Bob doesn't have a gun, the question is moot. While searching for one, he runs into a completely magical young woman named Net, who lives in a damp basement apartment which she claims was Ivan the Terrible's wine cellar. The two of them form an attachment that distracts him from his criminal obligations. To date, director Sergei Bodrov's biggest success was Prisoner of the Mountains (1996) nominated for "Best Foreign Film" Academy Award.