Odessa, August 1970. Amid a heatwave, journalist and foreign-affairs specialist Boris and his eight-year-old son Valery travel from Moscow to visit Boris’ in-laws ahead of his wife to enjoy some time with the grandparents, Grigori and Raisa, and their two daughters. A cholera outbreak throws Odessa into a quarantine. The city is closed off and the family are locked in. As cabin fever soars, family secrets are disclosed, old wounds are revealed and a forbidden love starts throwing everything into chaos.
Valery Todorovsky’s (Hipsters, Bolshoi) Odessa is a celebration of a city and its culture on the eve of massive social changes. With a cast of superb actors, the film explores what it means to be a part of a large, complex and loving family.