- 2 hr 3 min
The situations and events portrayed in this movie play out during the Gorbachev era Soviet Union prior to its break up. The main character of this story is Platon Makovsky. He and four friends are university students who crave the good life. To this end they embrace Western style free enterprise traditions. 20 years later, the hero of the story is the wealthiest man in Russia. True happiness in post-Soviet Russia is however very elusive. Over time, Makovsky faces increasingly brutal attempts by the Kremlin to thwart his plans. He responds by creating his own private Kremlin.