Office Romance

1977 film by Eldar Ryazanov

Office Romance is a 1977 Soviet comedy film about a timid senior statistician Anatoly Novoseltsev and his female boss Lyudmila Kalougina, a strict plain unmarried woman called "our frump" behind her back. Following his friend's advice Novoseltsev starts courting Kalougina on purpose to be promoted; started for mercenary ends, it eventually results in mutual love that transforms both of them.

Directed by Eldar Ryazanov. Written by Emil Braginsky and Eldar Ryazanov, based on a stageplay "Coworkers" (Russian: Сослуживцы, Sosluzhivtsy) by Eldar Ryazanov and Emil Braginsky.
A fairy tale about managing Cinderella


  • As everyone knows, labor ennobles man, and that's why people go to work with pleasure.
  • This is Shoura - nice but, unfortunately, active. At some point she was promoted to public work and there's been no way to discharge her from it ever since.
  • I have children - a boy and... a boy. Two boys.
  • (to Shoura, angrily): Go to... the accounting department!!! And even farther!

Verochka (secretary)

  • I won't live that long, I have a hazardous job!
  • That's all for you, Novoseltsev... Wash-out! My old woman is interested in you. Exploring your personal records!
  • Footwear is what makes woman.
  • What distinguishes a businesswoman from a Woman? A gait! Just look how you walk! ....Huddle yourself up, tie yourself in a knot, shrivel like an old torn boot and here you are dashing to work as if hammering in polings! But look how we do. My head is up... eyes are down a little... everything is relaxed here... shoulders pulled back... I move freely from my hip... a spring-relaxed style of a panther ready for leap.
  • Lyudmila Prokofyevna, where did you pick up this vulgarity? You wag your hips like a loose woman!
  • As a matter of fact, one could even teach a hare to smoke. There's nothing impossible for a person with intellect.
  • Ryzhova, the bottle blond that always walks with string bags. Look, here she sits, all in terrible roses.
  • In a woman, there should be mystery.


  • Ryzhova: When a woman is told that she is a good girl, does it mean that she's an utter fool?
  • Kalougina: I have such an unstained reputation, it's high time to compromise me.


Kalougina : You have stated that I am tough...
Novoseltsev : Why, you are tender...
Kalougina : inhuman...
Novoseltsev: Human!
Kalougina: heartless...
Novoseltsev: Hearty!
Kalougina: dry...
Novoseltsev: Wet!

Novoseltsev: Now let's sort it out with you. When will you stop being making mischief? Why is everyone always complaining about you?
Vova (Novoseltsev's son): But I behave myself!
Novoseltsev: Why don't they complain about the other children, eh? And why have you been eating plasticine?
Vova: But I ate it with sugar!
Novoseltsev: You're a big boy, you know perfectly well that we don't eat play dough. And what did you guys lock Masha in a closet for?
Vova: You see, I locked her in, but the key got lost...
Novoseltsev: March! And don't even think of smearing glue on the teacher's chair, you hear!

Kalougina: Wait, it dawned upon me... Are you drunk?
Novoseltsev: No, when I am drunk I am violent. (gives a neighing laugh) But right now I am quiet.
Kalougina: I am lucky!

Kalougina: I hope you're not going to play music now.
Novoseltsev: Yeah... I want to... sing!
Kalougina: What a misfortune!
Novoseltsev: Why? My friends say that I have a beautiful baritonal... descant!

Novoseltsev: We love you... In the bottom of our souls... Somewhere very deep...
Kalougina: So deep that I don't even notice it!

Verochka's husband (on the phone): I understood why we broke up. We need to have a baby, and as soon as possible!
Verochka: You want us to have a baby? But I can't now.. There are two hours left till the end of the workday, and Kalougina is here... I can't go off...

Kalougina: I made a ruin of myself... And I am only thirty-six...
Novoseltsev (amazed): How thirty-six?!
Kalougina: Yes, I am younger than you. How old do I look?
Novoseltsev: You look... thirty... five!
Kalougina: You are lying again!

Verochka: Breast forward!
Kalougina: Breast? Vera, you're flattering me!
Verochka: Everyone is flattering you.

Shoura: Boublikov died! <...> Donate 50 copecks for a wreath!
Novoseltsev: If someone else is born or dead today I will be left without a lunch...

Novoseltsev: Don't hit me on my head, it's my vulnerable spot!
Kalougina: It's your hollow spot!

Kalougina: You are a real contemporary man!
Novoseltsev: How dare you insult me like this?!

Kalougina: Were you bad at school? I knew that you're a former dunce!
Novoseltsev: Let's leave my shadowy past alone.


  • Andrey Myagkov — Anatoly Yefremovich Novoseltsev
  • Alisa Freindlich — Lyudmila Prokofyevna Kalougina
  • Svetlana Nemolyayeva — Olga Petrovna Ryzhova
  • Oleg Basilashvili — Yuri Grigoryevich Samokhvalov
  • Liya Akhedzhakova — Verochka
  • Georgi Burkov — Zavkhoz (Logistics manager)
  • Lyudmila Ivanova — Activist Shoura
  • Pyotr Shcherbakov — Pyotr Ivanovich Boublikov
  • Nelly Pshennaya — Samokhvalov's wife
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