Unique amongst her work, in that it was shot in colour and set entirely in contemporary times, Larisa Shepitko’s multi-layered third feature is her most fragmented, but its themes are consistent with her oeuvre’s overall interest in exploring personal moral choices.
An existential crisis overcomes a one-time neurosurgeon (Leonid Dyachkov) who has landed a cushy but unfulfilling job in Stockholm.
This precipitates a return to Moscow before he traverses the vast distances of his native Siberia to reconnect with his ideals and dreams.
Features a score by the great Alfred Schnittke.
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