The Target

Genre: Drama
91 min


No, that's not rudeness, Tsao,

that's corporate ethics.

So, my morning?

MOSCOW, 2020

The alarm goes off at 7:30.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons, January.

Then a contrast shower.

The water's very cold or very hot.

Then 5 drops of ginseng,

fern shoots, and a glass

of pure spring water.

What's spring water?

No, it's not from an artesian

well. It's different.

"Spring" in Chinese?

You should know that.

It's spelled the same

as the season.

No, it's simpler: a natural

underground source of pure water.

In a word, a spring.

No, not a metal spring,

a water spring.

Look it up in the dictionary.

So, a glass of pure spring water.

After that, at 7:45,

I have breakfast.

What do I eat for breakfast?

Steamed oats, ribwort seeds...

Yes. and Altai honey.

I believe in ribwort and I've been

using it for almost 8 years.


Green tea?

I stopped drinking green tea

in the morning long ago.

I drink only hot water.

By the way, I recommend it.

So, only hot water.

I'll answer your questions about

the quotas for rare-earth metals

on my way to work.

Right now, I'm going to eat.

Maybe you'll take it off

a bit earlier today?

That mask has kept you silent

in the morning for two years.

What, you're unsatisfied

with the results?

No, I'm satisfied.

In two years you haven't

aged one bit.

I do it because everyone does it.

You know that.


I really want everything back.

I want it all to be

the way it was then.

Sure, things break.

But they can be put back together.

It's possible.

- Like a mirror?

- I love you.

Always. I did then, and I do now.

I'm afraid to talk

about this in the morning.

I love you too.

You didn't sleep well?

I slept fine.

Listen, I think it's great.

At last you've found

someone to talk to.

But I'm not married

to a Chinese journalist.

Besides, he's the one

who found me.

It's strange that the Chinese

are writing a book about you.

It's not strange at all.

China has a billion readers.

And after all

I'm King of the Mountain.

The King of the Mountain.

You've read Lao Tzu:

"Governing is like conducting

an orchestra of mosquitoes."

A Russian quotation? Here's one:

"All miserable people

are miserable in the same way,

but all happy people

are happy in their own way."

In my own way, Tsao,

I am certainly happy.



Tsao, I'm glad you've touched on

the ethical aspect of our work.

If I hadn't given it thought,

I wouldn't be who I am now.

Who am I? Guan Shan,

King of the Mountain.


Good morning.

It needs to say "Timbuktu 2020".

Let them suggest something else.

That's all for today.

Look, there's one thing that

can change everything. Seriously.

Only a contrast shower.

You're being evasive because

you don't love me anymore.

I can't hear you!

That's why you haven't been able

to conceive for two years already.

I can't hear you!

We'll become who we were 8 years

ago. This is for real, Zoya.

What will help?

A Spa?

Ayurveda? Shamans?

Don't be surprised.

We'll need to go for two days.

Everything's been arranged for me.

This will definitely help.

Will it help me conceive?

It will help with everything.

And what kind of place is it?

You'll see.

- But what is it?

- You'll see.


- What?

- Have you been there?


Is it a dangerous place?

No, it's not dangerous.

Everything's extremely

simple there.

- Two days and that's it.

- What's it?

You won't need the mask anymore.

How much?


You don't change.

Will you touch me?

May I?

Better not.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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