This distinguished Russian film stars Inna Churikova, who starred in all of her husband Gleb Panfilov's award-winning films. The fact that she is very ordinary looking lends added piquancy to her fine acting. In this comic romance, she is Pasha, a factory girl who acts in amateur plays in her spare time. In one such play she was seen by a film director who asks her to play the role of Joan of Arc in a film of his. In this story, we see how her private life fails to improve substantially even as her status changes from factory girl to movie star. Large portions of the movie-within-a-movie about Joan of Arc are shown as the story proceeds.