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In 1917 Russia is devastated by the revolution and the bloody civil war. Young nurse Tanya is taking care of the wounded. She also makes amateur paintings trying to find happiness amidst the war. But her innocence is gone when she faces death... Written by
An intriguing film set during the October Revolution details events of a young nurse travelling on a hospital train tending wounded during the war. We follow her through a budding romance with a young soldier and her eventual discovery of her artistic skills through her association with a painter encountered on the train. Not a fast-moving film, but very interesting in the development of personal relationships and the impact of differing ideologies on them - but it's not boring!
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