After Closeness, the young Russian director delivers a searing historical epic set in a postwar Leningrad seen through the eyes of two women struck by horrific tragedy. Not all wounds are physical.
In 1945 Leningrad, reduced to rubble by the Second World War, a young woman, Iya, works in a hospital tending to soldiers wounded in battle. Tragedy strikes when her friend Masha returns from the front. Through an austere yet intimate lens – no surprise given his first film Closeness – Kantemir Balagov tackles the postwar fallout with fascinating historical exactitude. The 28-year-old filmmaker’s devastating second feature is brutal and provocative, both a well-handled study of...
| 139 minutes | 2019
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