As an ambulance medic, Oleg is full of enthusiasm, but everything else in his life seems to fail. His wife Katja wants to divorce him and the commercializing welfare state is putting him under pressure. While busy putting up opposition to the commercialization, Oleg tries to win Katja back.
The new director of the hospital asks his team to complete every call-out within twenty minutes, regardless of the severity of the situation. “Stop giving a shit” is what he is actually asking, according to Oleg. At work Oleg is a sympathetic moralist, at home a ticking time-bomb who sours the life of his wife. Not intentionally, but by not keeping up with the times he is putting everything he has at stake.
The film is a sincere portrait of love and incompatibility and sketches a picture of the social unrest in contemporary Russia. The excellently acted Arrhythmia won the highest awards at the Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr 2017 and ended among the favourites for the Audience Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018.
The films Jimmie, All You Can Eat Buddha and Arrhythmia all ended among the favourites for the Audience Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2018. These titles were not purchased by cinemas in the Netherlands and can therefore only be seen on the big screen during the IFFR Catch-up (Dutch: IFFR Gemist), with English subtitles.