Irish Film Institute -JUMPMAN



90 mins, Russia, 2018, Digital, Subtitled

This film screened on Thursday 4th April 2019.

Denis (Denis Vlasenko) grew up in an orphanage where his mother left him as a baby. He is a special boy who, due to a rare condition, is immune to pain. This makes him popular among other boys who take bets on how long he can endure cruel physical challenges.

One day his mother reappears and takes him to Moscow where he becomes a ‘Jumpman’, someone who jumps in front of cars to blackmail the drivers. Reunited with his mother, Denis feels that this new life of crime is a dream come true until one day he begins to feel pain for the first time.

Notes by David O’Mahony

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