Yady ili Vsemirnaya Istoriya Otravlyenii (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy, Satire  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Russia   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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A husband who suspects his wife has been unfaithful is coached in the fine art of murder by some of history's most noted experts in this dark comedy. Oleg (Ignat Akrachkov) is an actor who has noticed his wife's behavior has become a bit odd, and he's slowly become convinced that his wife is cheating on him with a man (Alexander Bashirov) who recently moved into their neighborhood. Oleg becomes obsessed with the affair he's certain his wife is having, and as he tries to decide what he should do about it, he encounters an elderly gentleman (Oleg Basilashvili) who offers to give him some useful advice. The stranger then escorts Oleg to an opulent mansion where a number of history's most notorious poisoners -- among them Nero, Caligula, Cesare Borgia, and Pope Alexander IV -- give Oleg a crash course in the uses of toxic substances for fun and profit. Yady Ili Vsemirnaya Istoriya Otravlyenii was shown in competition at the 2001 Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic.