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The story of a newly graduated Leningrad teacher, Yelena Kuzmina. She goes furniture shopping with her fiance, Petya, and in a fantasy sequence she imagines teaching a class of neat, obedient city schoolchildren. Instead, she is assigned to work in the Altai mountains of Siberia.
On the sound track there is "throat singing" at the point where the action shifts from the city to the Altai region. Also, later, authentic images and sounds of a shaman dancing, singing, and beating a drum to heal a sick woman. See more »
Odna is a Soviet propaganda movie which inadvertently exposes the inhumanity of the system. Newly graduated teacher Yelena dreams of a life alongside her fiancé in Leningrad, but is assigned a teaching post in the remote Altai mountains of Russian Mongolia. She doesn't want to go, but is told that "teachers should be willing and able to contribute to the development of the socialist state, those who only seek personal happiness are enemies of Soviet power." (yes, that's a literal translation). So she goes away alone and her fiancé disappears from the movie like he disappears from her life.
In the Altai, she helps the natives, a barbaric, superstitious bunch of primitives, convert to the glories of Communism. In reality, the Mongolian nomads were forced at gunpoint into sedentary collective farms, many died during Stalin's purges and a great culture was all but destroyed.
The flip side to all this demagoguery is that, like many Russian films of that era, it is made with great artistry. It's a silent film with inventive editing, creative use of sound effects and a great score by Dmitri Shostakovich. You just wish all that talent was given a better cause.
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