The daily strains of old age disappear as a group of elderly residents and a robot in a Soviet-era retirement home lose themselves staging the timeless world of Shakespeare.
At first, Yerevan’s Nork Retirement Home appears frozen in the chaotic 90’s. Large bizarre kitsch frescoes adorn the walls of the disused gym, featuring Clinton and Yeltsin holding hands in the Garden of Eden. But next door a small room signed “Internet” hosts Robin the robot. Robin lives with the residents for their entertainment and has become their psychologist in the process.
Some residents of the decrepit Soviet-era nursing home have discovered how to express themselves through theater. The name of their theater troupe, “Tarmani,” is a blend of two Armenian words meaning “eldery” and “youth.” Tarmani uses drama therapy to help its members cope with old age and social neglect. As well as entertain their fellow residents, play to sell-out audiences, reflect on the course of their lives on stage, and above all, have fun together in their twilight years.
Inspired by the public success of their last play, their director decided to realize his dream of staging Shakespeare. He creates an original screenplay for a suspenseful comedy where Shakespeare is confronted by his most famous characters in purgatory over the destroyed fates he destined them. This film may address difficult topics and tough psychological situations, but will not leave viewers heavy-hearted. While Tarmani’s members are vulnerable in reality, they become invulnerable on stage. A magic which we wish to portray in our film, as we follow our protagonists prepare from rehearsals to the premiere night itself.