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Why was director Masha Osipova sent to children’s sanatoria in the Soviet Union, where treatments like light therapy, water baths, electrotherapy and oxygen cocktails were on the menu? In this revealing documentary she confronts her parents with her traumatic history.
Bleak shots of Russian clinics set the tone. Then the telephone rings. On the other end of the line, Masha Osipova’s parents are asked to explain why they sent her to children’s sanatoria in her childhood. In these clinical government institutions, children were lodged free of charge in the Soviet era. Back then it was a privilege, but the deep impressions (drastic procedures, far from home) they left on Masha have had a negative impact on her life today.