"Playing the Victim" is a witty and fashionably ironic reflection on society, handling one of the most basic human emotions - fear. The main hero Valya is a young man with college education, who works with the militia, impersonating the victim during crime reconstruction. Outside work he tries to cope in his own way with unpleasant facts such as his father's death, his mother's affair with his uncle, and a disappointed girlfriend. Valya is a Hamlet-like character, who notices the injustice and shallowness of the world and suffers because of it, but who cannot act to improve the situation - at least not until the point where the reality and the dream become conclusively mixed up.