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★★★☆☆ A dour, yet poetic eulogy for a country still scarred by over a century of war, civil dispute and harsh dictatorship, Alexander Proshkin's Redemption (Expiation, 2012) examines the seeds of destruction sewn within a populace still struggling to recover form the turbulent chapter of Soviet rule. On the first New Year's Eve since the end of the Second World War, a small snow-capped southern Russian town is suffering withdrawals from the dizzying elation of victory. The daughter of a fallen soldier, 16 year-old Sasha, struggles to come to terms with her mother's modest food pilfering and the fact that she's also harbouring a prisoner of war in their living room.

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