Director: Victor Kossakovsky
Running time: 60 minsRussia
Production Co.: Documentary Film Studios of St Petersburg
Translator: Raisa Svirina
In Russian with English subtitles
Festivals: Nyon (International Jury Prize, Ecumenical Jury Prize, Fipresci Prize, Young Jury Prize), Amsterdam (Joris Ivens Award), Leipzig, 1993.
Offering a delightful yet provocative insight into the relationship of people and their surroundings, the film moves from the rythms and textures of country life to political and philosophical debate.
This tragi-comic study of a family, and through it the complexities of stability and change which face rural communities owes a great deal to thoughtful camera placement and an editing strategy that allows time for the characters to reveal themselves... Deceptively simple, the film touches upon a rich interplay of human and social issues with elegance anc charm. — Jury Citation, Joris Ivens Award, Amsterdam Documentary Festival