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A long summer day in 1936.
Serguei Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov), an aging military hero of the Bolshevik revolution, is enjoying the sweet life in his country house, together with his captivating (and much younger) wife Maroussia (Ingeborga Dapkounaite), their vivacious six-year-old daughter Nadia (Nadia Mikhalkov), numerous family members and friends.
Into this idyllic setting enters Dimitri (Oleg Menchikov), a young man who was Maroussia's lover a decade ago, before leaving under mysterious circumstances. Dimitri now works for Stalin's secret police, and it becomes clear that he has returned with an agenda. As he rekindles Maroussia's memories of their romance and charms little Nadia with games and music, the tension between him and Kotov builds, until the younger man finally reveals the nature of his sinister game.