Max is a kind of modern Zadig embarked upon an existential and sentimental quest. Jewish and Russian all rolled into one, he quickly feels cramped in his native Ukraine. One day, he leaves his parents, family and enemies for the city of his dreams: Paris. He discovers the capital and the occasionally ferocious and complex ways of its natives. He quickly rubs shoulders with the joys of capitalism, the illegal immigrant milieu, and beggary. From two-bit jobs via major hassles he manages to invent a new life. Yet, his desperate quest from the ideal woman leads him from bad to worse, until one day he falls madly in love with a young woman whose beauty and icy exterior he'd almost kill for. However, little does he know that he's met a creature who spends her days killing; the notorious ''Serial Man-Killer''!
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"Just like psychoanalysis, burlesque is a Central European Jewish tradition epitomised for example, by those silent Hungarian films in which Lubitsch acted. The character performs a physical act which to us seems ridiculous, burlesque, yet which in fact is simply the expression of his fear, his clumsiness, his anxiety, his instability, his madness, his schizophrenia! Like your worst possible nightmare! It's the unconscious which breaks through into consciousness. In my film, I only wanted to film the action. Via their acts, the don't film what lies between acts, between characters; only that which is in the action." (Alexis Miansarow)