Office Romance

  • Feature
  • 1977
  • 159 Minutes
  • Soviet Union
  • Language: Russian

The life of entire statistical bureau becomes crazy when an ordinary worker - a shy male - falls in love with a boss - a strict female.

Director: Eldar Alexandrovich Ryazanov

Screenwriter: Emil Braginskiy, Eldar Ryazanov

Production Company: Mosfilm

Film Critic

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Mohammadreza Moghadasian

Mohammadreza Moghadasian

Office Romance is a 1977 Soviet comedy film that tells the story of Ludmila Kalugina, a strict woman who is the head of a statistical bureau, and her subordinate, economist Anatoly Novoseltsev, a clumsy, shy and single father of two sons. The ordinary worker Novoseltsev falls in love with his boss Kalugina and the life of entire statistical bureau becomes crazy afterwards. A cold argument is followed by a heart-to-heart conversation and they start getting closer and soon fall in love with each other. Kalugina, having thrown off her “protective mask” of a hard-hearted woman, becomes more aware of her femininity and surprises
everyone with her new elegant clothes and charming look.In the movie, Alisa Freyndlikh, playing the role of Kalugina, portrays a different female character, a strict and tough female figure. The film was a box office success and to this day enjoys wide popularity in the former Soviet republics.



1978: Chicago International Film Festival, Best Feature Nominee

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Emil Braginskiy, Eldar Ryazanov

DOP / Camera: Vladimir Nakhabtsev

Editor: Valeriya Belova

Music: Emin Khachaturyan

Sound: Yuri Rabinovich, Valentina Shchedrina

Cast: Alisa Freyndlikh, Andrey Myagkov, Svetlana Nemolyaeva


Eldar Alexandrovich Ryazanov

Eldar Alexandrovich Ryazanov (1927 – 2015) was a Soviet and Russian film director and screenwriter whose popular comedies, satirizing the daily life of the Soviet Unionand Russia, are celebrated throughout the former Soviet Union.

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