Cargo 200

Synopsis: A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer gone mad.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Aleksey Balabanov
Production: Disinformation Company
  3 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

The story is based on real events


Tell Mom I'll come over in 2 weeks.

I just can't right now.


I'm going to Leningrad.

I have to do something

before the semester starts.

You seem worn out.

Something up at university?

No, same as always.

They're always bickering.

Is everyone all right at home?

Yes, thank God.

You started believing in God?

There goes your niece with her fianc.

How's your Slava?

I haven't seen him for ages.

Last time I was at your place

he was at some holiday camp.

He worries me.

They're different from us.

I don't understand him.

We work hard.

He gets everything he needs.

But he doesn't respect us.

Despises us even.

I forced him into school so he

wouldn't get sent to Afghanistan.

You think he studies?

No! Just "hangs out" all day.

- You know that phrase?

- Yes.

Underground concerts. Rock.

Every day I'm waiting for

a call from the police.

Look at his last photo.

Not bad!

All my life I've done

what I was supposed to.

But nobody needs that now.

I'm not needed.

I'm not old, but I know

something's gone.

and I don't understand

what's coming.

When Andropov died,

everyone started stirring.

In our Faculty and the

Scientific Communism Faculty

That's not to even

mention the students.

Hello, Uncle Artyom.

- Hi, Liza.

- Hello.

I haven't seen you for

Are you staying long?

No, I'll be off soon to visit

your grandmother.

How's my cousin Slava?

Always hanging out.

This is my friend, Valera.

Valera Buadze - half Georgian,

though I've never been there.

Kazakov, Artyom Nikolaevich,

from Leningrad.

Dad, we'll have a quick

cup of tea in the kitchen.

I have to get up early,

and I still have to get ready.

He's really her fianc?

Of course not. I was kidding.

But I think she likes him.

He's not a bad kid. No dummy.

He works up north every year and

comes back with good money.

I'm a high-ranking colonel and

he makes 3 times what I do.

He's just a kid with his own car.

And not a car like yours.

You see,

it's not that simple here, Artyom.

- So he doesn't study?

- No.

Why isn't he in the army?

He's not from around here.

He lives with some grandmom.

I help him.

You know what's happening

in Afghanistan now.

They've already brought back

Artyom, 26!

It's called Cargo 200.

Imagine the rest of the country...

Just watch out, Mikhail.

Cargo 200

So, who's your uncle?

Head of the Scientific Atheism

Faculty at Leningrad University.


He helped me enroll last year.

Are we going to the disco?

I said I wanted to get some

sleep and get ready.

You said the sooner we leave,

the sooner we'll get there.

And the guys will

be coming at 6:

We won't go for long.

Valera, no!

Well, it's up to you.

You should get some sleep too.

You have to drive.

It's a long way, and

you said the road's bad.

Don't worry about me.

I've been on worse roads.

Thanks for Liza.

Come on-- Liza's a smart girl.

She'd have gotten in anyway.

Where's she going so early?

To Yara.

Her friend's got a dacha there.

A group of them are going there

to swim and pick mushrooms.

They're a good bunch.

It's just for a couple of days.

I could pick her up on the way

back to Leningrad.

She'll manage on the bus.

Alright. I'll call you from

Mom's when I'm leaving.

Thanks for the food.

It's getting harder to

find it around here.

Is anything left for Mom?

Yes, I filled up 2 bags.

Well... I'm off.

Hi, Valera.

- Hi.

- Where's Liza?

Liza? She went to bed early.

We're leaving early tomorrow.

Don't you recognize me?

It's me, Angelica,

Liza's friend!

We're going

to my dacha tomorrow!

Of course I recognized you.

Want to dance?

Ok! Just a second! Stay here!


Good evening.

Is this your house?

Sorry to bother you. I'm going

to Leninsk and my car stalled.

I couldn't flag anyone down.

I saw your house. I thought

maybe someone here knows cars.

Thank you.


Is this your house?

It's a good gun. A Simpson.

I hunt too. I've got my

granddad's Simpson

Want some vodka?


I'm on my way to Leninsk,

but my engine stalled.

Nobody would stop. I thought,

maybe, you could help.

I saw your lights from the road.


Sit down.

Thank you.



Where's Sunka?

- In the banya.

- Get him.

And get us dinner.

How long do I have to wait?

Where're you from?

Leningrad. I'm going to

my mother's in Leninsk.

- What's your name?

- Kazakov, Artyom Nikolaevich.

First name's fine-- I'm Alexei.

Hang on, we'll try to help.

An engineer?

No, I teach scientific atheism

at the university.


Come on.

The boss is calling you.

One second.

Which comes first,

matter or consciousness?

Marxist-Leninist philosophy

denies the idea of God...

and the belief that the world

is incomprehensible.

No, professor, just tell me -

is there a God or not?

That's what I'm trying to explain.

You called, Boss?

Get some more from the banya.

The professor and I are having trouble

sorting this out.

Yes, sir.

The boss asked for some

from the banya.

A customer?

No. He's a professor.

Hear that, Tonya? Our professor

says there's no God.

So, there's no God?


- What is it?

- Mushroom soup.

Well, what is there then?

There is moving material

that we perceive.

Right. And the soul?

Is there a soul?

No, Alexei, there's no soul either.

What about the car?


So Artyom,

that means there's

no God or soul,

but there's consciousness

and material.

Where did consciousness come

from then, for example?

Alexei, this is pointless.

There is Darwin's Theory.

It's taught in school.

I'm to believe a monkey

raised a stick...

and abstract thought appeared?

Let's drink.

No, I can't, thank you.

I have to get to Leninsk.


- Alright, I'll be off.

- Hang on!

Don't offend the hosts.

We've opened our souls to you,

even though you don't have one.

There, that's our way, professor.

Eat the soup.

Tonya's soup is great.

Try our cucumbers.

Sunka, after you've eaten,

take the professor's car key.

Go take a look.

So, Artyom,

there's nothing there.

Alexei, I'm a Gnostic. I believe

the world is comprehensible.

I don't believe

in the supernatural.

Can you do it?

The plugs need to clean...

and carburetor.

Give me rag.

- Will it take long?

- Need half of hour.

- You're Chinese?

- No, I'm Vietnamese.

Why do they call you Sunka?

I'm Suan Van Hei.

It comes out Sunka in Russian.

I worked a big factory in Leninsk.

They took me on here

to pour vodka and garden.

I like it here.

I like the garden.

- I'll go inside, it's cold here.

- OK.


So, you're a Communist?

I'm a member of the Party.

What are you boasting for?

All the evil's from you Communists.

You want to replace God with

your Party, with your Lenin.

You can all get stuffed!

There's no God, so everything's

allowed-- remember?

You're allowed to kill millions.

When I was a kid I killed

a guy by accident.

I confessed

so no one else would get blamed.

I got ten years of hard labor!

I could've kept quiet, but my

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