Autostop (Автостоп) is a 1990 film by Nikita Mikhalkov. Massimo Venturiello plays an Italian racing driver who is under contract to test cars on the winter roads in Russia. One day, as he is driving a new Fiat, events take an unexpected turn. A hitchhiker flags him down for a ride. She is Nastya (Nina Ruslanova), a pregnant woman who needs to go to the hospital to give birth. Later on, they pick up her husband (Vladimir Gostyukhin). But they do not reach the hospital. Instead, the woman gives birth in the winter woods, assisted by her husband and the driver. And as the baby is born, the driver is reborn, remembering the wife and child he left behind. In the end, the driver decides to return home.
This film provides examples of:
- Product Placement: The film was made because Fiat offered Nikita Mikhalkov money to advertise the latest cars, and the characters seem a little too admiring of the Fiat in the film.