Natasha works for the local zoo; one day she collapses in front of her colleagues who, generally speaking, don't take her especially seriously. Hiding the exact nature of what occurred from her mother, an X-ray soon brings the truth to light: she's growing a tail. This is no problem for her radiologist however, and an unlikely, at times somewhat farcical love affair blossoms alongside the protagonist's growing social alienation.
Tverdovskiy's ZOOLOGIYA can be interpreted as both comedy and surreal farce, with its references to divergent sexual practice, a broken healthcare system and the failures of the church. At the same time however, and in a similar vein to the heroine as outsider portrayed in his previous work KLASS KORREKTSII, the director elaborates a character that challenges general perceptions of what constitutes social normality.
Russia, France, Germany 2016
87 min.,OV with German subtitles, FSK: unrated
Director: Ivan Tverdovsky
Script: Ivan Tverdovsky
DoP: Aleksandr Mikeladze
Cast: Natalya Pavlenkova, Masha Tokareva, Dmitriy Groshev, Zhanetta Demikhova
Image source: Deutsches Filminstitut
12.12.2017, 8:00 pm, Caligari FilmBühne Wiesbaden