“Kommunalka” takes place in a communal apartment in St. Petersburg. This way of life, intimately linked to the Soviet history of Russia, is still accurate. Nowadays, due to the economic crisis, nearly 90 000 houses are occupied in the communal form. More than a communal life, it is rather a life of promiscuity. Through its inhabitants, the documentary takes a look at the daily life of this kind of apartment and at the specific human relationships that develop in such way of life.
The communal apartment is a place of sharing for people who live together because they have no others choices. A place where people are ignoring each other most of the time. A kind of closed-door that works almost like a set and where are exposed and explode the contradictions of the human being as well as those of a Russian society and a culture in redefinition.