Morphine (film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Aleksei Balabanov
Written by Mikhail Bulgakov, Sergei Bodrov, Jr.
Starring Leonid Bichevin, Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė, Andrei Panin
Cinematography Alexandr Simonov
Release date
27 November 2008
Country Russia
Language Russian

Morphine is a 2008 Russian film by Aleksei Balabanov.

The film is based on semi-autobiographical short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov.


The film takes place in late autumn and early winter of 1917 during the events of October Revolution and the beginning of Russian Civil War. A young Russian doctor called Mikhail Polyakov (Leonid Bichevin) arrives at a small hospital in a remote village in Yaroslavl Governorate. Having freshly graduated from medical school, with little experience, he is the only doctor in the rural district. He works hard, earning the respect of his small staff (one paramedic and two nurses).

After an allergic reaction to a diphtheria vaccination, he has his nurse Anna give him morphine to negate the effects. Gradually he slips into addiction.


Songs performed by Alexander Vertinsky "Tango Magnolia", "Snow Lullaby", "Cocainetka" were used as soundtracks for the film.


At the 2009 Russian Guild of Film Critics Awards Aleksei Balabanov received the prize Best Director.[1]

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