This little known Russian movie, from the director of the following
year's Oblomok imperii/ A Fragment of Empire is both surprising and
The mute cobbler is interested in the local girl but she is already
pregnant by one of the gang of sailor suit toughs. The Soviet Youth
League secretary's only assistance to her is a book about sex in
Russian literature and things turn nasty.
The mute is not shown as either simple or saintly, as might be
expected, and the assured acting, along with the convincing detail of
the riverside community, make this a more substantial piece of the
Russian film history picture than expected.
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