Morphia (Morify)

de Alexei Balabanov



Based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s experiences, Morphia tells the story of a young doctor who, in 1917, in the midst of the revolution period, arrives from the city to the freezing countryside. His first night of operations, the doctor prescribes himself a small dose of morphine to get over his nervousness: a circumstantial measure that winds up becoming an addiction. Balabanov reconstructs the period with rigor, illuminates interiors naturally and explores the sick body with crude realism, showing births and amputations exactly as they were dealt with in the early 20th century. A work that’s as distressing as it is comical, filmed by one of the great geniuses of Russian cinema.


Alexei Balabanov

Born in Russia in 1959, he studied at the Gorky institute of foreign languages and also film directing and screenwriting. After working as an assistant director, he shot his first feature film, Happy Days (91). Other outstanding movies in his filmography are: Brother (96) and Cargo 200 (07).

Technical information

Edition: 2009
Section: Noves Visions - Ficció
Original language: Russian