A small provincial Russian town. The film begins with a short dialogue
between the deputy mayor and the town’s chief architect. They sit in a car
and look at an old five-storey building. The architect says that the house is
in an emergency state and should either be pulled down or undergo major
reconstruction. The deputy mayor only waves his arms: this house is going
to stand for many years to come.
The fi lm consists of four short stories, whose heroes and plots are connected
among each other, among other things through the house itself, in which
the four stories unfold.