Director Nikita Mikhalkov plays the role of Misha, one of the lead cast, in this film. And he sure is one very effective actor for truly conveying the emotions especially in the emotional and dramatic scenes. What I liked among the scenes was the one where he was holding a guitar and telling a story of a man left behind by his lover, who never came back for him. Everyone in the room was transfixed and lost in nostalgia. The final scene however was also endearing and even provides comedic relief. Countless scenic shots are worth noticing and the rest of the cast were also commendable in their acting portrayals.