Zhenya, a 36-year-old Muscovite doctor, meets a group of friends at a typical urban banya every 31st of December so as to bring in the New Year clean and refreshed. He lives with his mother in a new apartment block on a newly constructed street in a new suburb, all of which closely resemble apartment blocks, streets and suburbs in many other Soviet cities. His mother and girlfriend are both nagging him to marry and perhaps the only refuge for him from this domestic pressure as well as the banality of Soviet existence is the banya.
When Nadya, whose flat it is, returns, she discovers Zhenya in her bed. Her fiancé soon arrives and is furious at what he finds. Zhenya and Nadya end up spending New Year’s Eve together rather than with their respective partners and they fall in love. The next morning Zhenya reluctantly leaves for Moscow and their lives look set to return to normality. Nadya however, decides that a life with Zhenya might be her chance at happiness and flies to Moscow, where she knows exactly where to find him.
Watch the film and remember that the banya can change your life.