Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Reluctant to say it was good when it depressed the hell out of me. Nonetheless a heartwrenching, well-shot, gritty film displaying the bleakness of post-Soviet Russia, the loneliness and despair of an abandoned teenage girl and her ever-raised and destroyed-again hopes of escaping her misery. Her friendship with Volodya adds a warm, emotional touch preventing this film from becoming unwatchable due to the despair it emanates.
It's a film that must be watched, but watched with caution, and not on a day when you feel unstable and blue, or it could easily tear you along into the abyss.