Poisons or the World History of Poisoning (Karen Shakhnazarov fantasmagoria,tragifarce) (subtitles)
The theater actor Oleg Volkov is worried about his wife's unfaithfulness. He meets a pensioner, Ivan Petrovich, who advises poisoning his unfaithful wife and her lover.
Another well-recognized work of the chief director in Mosfilm Karen Shahnazarov. As usual Karen gives very absurd and bright story-line that shows ordinary problems in a very special ironic way.
This is not a horror film, it looks more like a surreal comedy, but it touches upon horrific ideas that come to mind in state of jealousy. The main character is a young actor, whose fat wife a music teacher betrays him with a neighbor who works at meat-plant. The main character is very shy and noble person he acts really awesome. While his wife pushes him away he goes to a club and meets a stranger-pensioner who turns out to be caring a lot of poison with him all the time. He reads main character's mind immediately and tells him how he poisoned his wife-betrayer in the past. The pensioner persuades his new young friend to revenge by means of poisons and the actor agrees.
The film gives brief description of
poisoning in the history of human race. The young man becomes a member of
poison-club, where people from the past, who poisoned somebody gather
together to have a big poison party. While the young actor plans his
revenge his wife and her lover also make a plan to poison him and his
new love . This becomes big absurd after all. This unusual and rather
expensive film includes a lot of costumes and great dialogues. The film
even has some gore. While the director describes some historical moments
of Italian Caesar he shows how great emperor cured himself after being
poisoned. A huge bull without entrails serve Caesar as a blood bath.