The Asthenic Syndrome

Synopsis: In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome. Whatever it is, Nikolai, a teacher of epicly indifferent pupils, has got it, and it's not much fun. Worse yet, quite a few other people, even an entire society, seem to be afflicted with the same problem writ extremely large...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kira Muratova
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
153 min

Sindrome Astenica

subs mastered by sobsob

from a transcript by trep

two parts

It is well worth it for everybody

to read Lev Tolstoy.

So they will understand everything

and become goodhearted and intelligent.

I had a terrible obsession

I loved to eat a snack

here and there

I worked at the Postal

office for 15 years

Every time I would

deliver a telegram

I would enter in a canteen or a drugstore

And I would eat some snack

And so on for each delivery!

Or going on my road

I would eat bread and sausage by a fence

Good kitty!

Now let's say goodbye to him!

God, what will we do now?

Why did you leave us?


What will we do?

Why did you went away? God!

Natasha, pull yourself together.

Calm down.

Dear, why did you leave us?

What are you saying?

Me and Semjon Aleksandrovich too...

We will carry this pain for all our life!

What will we do?

You're joking!

Where are you going?

Close it.

Should we close it or not?

She went away! What shall we do?

We can't stay here a month!

We have no time to lose!

Now she'll be back. Wait!


- Don't touch her.

Leave her alone.

Go to hell everyone!

So she began telling me

about the snake

Living inside her.

I can't remember were it was exactly,

Somewhere near the breasts.

It was sucking her life energy.

It's a fixation.

A kind of obsession.

Yes, it's an obsession.

Just ignore it! Just ignore it!

What were you saying?

What are you doing here rather?

-I'm going to a doctor, my bones aches.

Fantastic, Vasilij Pavlovich!

Are you going now?

-Yes, I'm going to this healer.

He lives here, out of town.

I'm going there too.


It was indeed that bone-fixer

that healed her from her snake fixation.

How could he do it, if he only fix the bones?

He's very flexible, very good.

Fantastic, terrific!

Let's go down there,

to the bus stop.

What's all that chatting?

Here is the bus.

Again with these dry flowers!

You can't get in!

-This is the end of journey!

Where are you going?

You can't get off from this door!

Help me.

-Let me help you miss.

Here, get in.

Help me.

-Go on.

Do you want to go to bed with me?

-What! Stop that!

Bastard, worm!

-I'll kill you!

Leave me alone, you bastard!

She jumped on me, she's crazy!

What do you want from me?

-I hate you bastards!

She harassed me without a reason.

-You're alive, I hate you!

Why you scream? You started it!

You're bastard, you sick!

Look at you, you're sick,

go cure yourself.

You're a b*tch, look at you!


You ruined my day.

Here she come!

Leave me alone.

I don't need you.

What happens to you?

-I don't need you, do you understand?

What did she say?


Where has she been?

-I don't know.

I know nothing.

Don't behave this way.

You're here too.

What do you want?

They're friends, but who are you?

People hurry, going to work,

it's 8 o'clock.

At a window, second floor...

They hurry, I hurry...

Good morning, doctor.


Natasha, where's Nikolaj Mikhajlovich?

My god!

Hello Natasha.

You have a bad breath

and your hairdo doesn't suit you.



Take an holiday, instead.

I don't need your advices.

I don't think I deserve this attitude.

Why do you speak to me in this tone?

I say what I feel.

What's my fault?

Why you despise me?

You're going to sign or not?

-First I'd like to understand.

What happens to you?

You just buried your husband but...

Don't you dare to talk to me about this!

You're not worth my husband's nail,

you're old, you...

Yes! Yes!

Why you decided to resign?

My business.

All passes, all is forgiven, you're young.

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