When Tymophiy’s grandmother brings home her new lover Felix, their quiet household is disturbed. Felix’ trauma as a Soviet veteran from the Afghan war weighs heavily on the atmosphere at home. However, Tymophiy and Felix get along fine. Gentle, subtly humorous coming-of-age drama.
Young Tymophiy is fascinated by the new boyfriend his grandmother Lida brings in to live with them one day. Felix and Tymophiy play chess and listen to classical music. Felix teaches Tymophiy that all women should be treated like aliens, and also how to load a machine gun. This gravely upsets Tymophiy’s mother Olya, who didn’t like to see Felix living with them in the first place.
Felix’s PTSD, which he got fighting in the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s, puts a strain on the household. He drinks, shouts at night, walks around the house nervously and has confused spells. Also, he seems to have some sketchy dealings on the side. Tymophiy observes it all, and at the same time falls in love with free-thinking Toma. Understated drama, and also a melancholy portrait of post-Soviet Ukraine in the 1990s.