In fact, Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya serves as a platform for the girlfriends' intense and vexed relationship. Incessantly rehearsing the scene of Yelena and Sonya's open confrontation, soaked in mutual anger, antagonism and subsequent reconciliation, the relevance of these blurred lines between life and performance becomes evident. The roles Marta and Manu have chosen to perform— the beautiful and self-assured Yelena, the sweet and insecure Sonya— accentuate the darkest aspects of their bond.
Acting and creation become aspects essential to life, while Russian cinema and theater are delicately portrayed. Braun choses to place the actors in a boarding house also inhabited by elders, who in their past were part of a fascinating but soon-forgotten world of Soviet cinema. An old lady Marta finds wandering the hallway had an important position in Mosfilm, the film production company that help produce Eisenstein and Tarkovsky masterpieces, among others. Svetlana, the smiling concierge, used to be a film actress.