Peter is visited by his colleague and the two engage in a mock gunfight set to the James Bond theme. It’s the first clue that Shepitko’s version of life in Russia drips with menacing irony... But even in their playing they’re violent and kill each other, because that would make life interesting. But the goofiness is still a force to be reckoned with. This movie isn’t a comedy, but the very understandable urge to be silly still finds its way inside.