A classical story of love an loss
juan_palmero2010 from Spain
21 March 2011
Leonid Gajdaj's first film
Middle-aged Kruglikov has spent many years exiled in a hamlet in
Jakutsk, in remote eastern Siberia, where he keeps a post house, hiring
horses to travellers.
While sheltering from the bitter wind howling outside his inn,
Kruglikov recalls his youth and his reason for being there when asked
by some passing guests. He was sent there as punishment for shooting an
old general - whom he served - who openly started courting Kruglikov's
beautiful fiancé and humiliating him, convinced of his superiority and
ignoring the young lovers' wishes.
A classical Soviet tale focusing on the clash between the old regime
and the beginning of the revolutionary movement, between duty, rigid
morals, cowardice, and the desire to flee from it all, fuelled by first
In the end, the young heroes are separated and have a difficult life of
sacrifice, but they are meant to pave the way, through their moral
integrity, for the happiness of future generations. Given the year when
it was made, 1956, it inevitably contains some Soviet propaganda.
Still, some universal themes make it worth watching.
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