The guests who come to the mansion of aristocratic landowner and man of the world Nikolai over the Christmas holidays are hand-picked. Among them is a politician, a young countess and a general with his wife. They converse and dine – what a wonderful, much-missed way of life – indulge in parlour games and discuss the right form of authority in the face of political impotence as well as progress and morality, death and the Antichrist. As the debate becomes more heated, cultural differences become increasingly apparent and the mood grows tense.
Screen version of Three Conversations, a key prophetic and apocalyptic work, written by Vladimir Solovyov, characterizes in bold strokes and with astonishing prescience the challenges that mankind faces as ‘progress’ races to bring history to an end, calling us to vigilance and resistance to evil.