Dog’s Paradise

This story takes place in Moscow, in the summer of 1953, in a courtyard of a big apartment building.  One morning, Tanya, an eleven-year old girl, who lives there, meets a boy, Mitya. Mitya and his family have just returned to the same house after being in exile far North.

Tanya learns that they left behind a wonderful dog called Hector, Mitya’s closest friend. Mitya is anxious for Hector to come to Moscow, but the adults declare it not possible - in the city there are no conditions for the dog.

Tanya has her own reason to want the dog to come. Outside the yard where children are not allowed to go by themselves, there is a café, ‘for children with dogs only’.  Tanya imagines all kinds of most delicious things there – sweets for children, bones for dogs… If they had a dog, they would be allowed to leave the yard and would be able to get to that amazing café…

Mitya and Tanya decide to make ‘conditions’ for Hector, to create a dog’s paradise in an empty sealed room they’ve found in the building…

(To do so they borrow things their neighbours dont need. They take only junk, but each disappearing object turns out to be of enormous value for its owners.  An old thermos signifies a step of the Great China. A wooden box is a military relic. A tiger skin has been given to the owner by a heroine of a Spanish Civil War)

While they are doing it, Tanya discovers a lot about Mitya’s family – things that Mitya himself doesn’t know. Why they were sent to exile, why they stubbornly want to celebrate the New Year in midsummer, and how Mitya has became orphan with parents alive. She says nothing to Mitya. She feels that the truth is not always good, and the lie is not always bad. Girls mature earlier than boys, and Tanya's childhood ends, whilst Mitya’s one is still jumping around, quietly preparing for the arrival of Hector, who – as Tanya has learned - has died of grief after boy’s departure. Again, she tells Mitya nothing.

The dog’s paradise is ready, but Tanya leaves. Her parents are sent to work abroad and she is placed in a boarding school. Mitya runs after the car driving her away.

He tells her that when Hector comes, together they will find her, for sure…

 

 

News

23.07.2013

Movies Go West: Zhazhda/Thirst to take part in “Baltic Debuts” competition, Sobachiy Rai/Dog’s Paradise – in “Window to Europe”

“Baltic Debuts” Xth International Film Festival opened in Svetlogorsk City the day before yesterday. A Russian movie selected is Thirst directed by Dmitry Tyurin. German, Danish, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, and Estonian titles compete with each other...