In a remote, small and modest rural town in the interior of Russia, a story happens, which could be dramatic even without the homosexual seasoning. If you include that (in a very homophobic society like Russia is), it becomes horribly suffocating, unbearable, and with no apparent possible solution, unless it is tragic. Everything takes place in the midst of the unlimited and timeless natural beauty of the Siberian landscape. And this story happens to young, strong, beautiful and common people, with the simple desire to live and love. The type and employment position of some of them does not favor at all. But ... Stop! We cannot accept that the mentioned circumstances justify what happens in the film. There are always possibilities of giving better answers. For one it might have been walking away, even if it hurts a lot. For the other, give up positions, income, and family, and also decide to leave, to another city and start again. Perhaps, unfortunately, estrangement and loneliness were the only other option, in this case, at least at first. Perhaps this could also have caused pain and suffering in them and in the whole family. But what finally happens in the film is a tragedy too disproportionate for the 21st century. I do not want to blame people who are already victims of an oppressive culture, since this oppression leads some to go crazy and commit acts of madness (in other countries, sometimes, there are other kind of oppression and acts of madness) ... What I mean is, no matter where we live, please do not believe that there is no possible way out. On the other hand, the film is very beautiful, with good shots, good actors, and good direction. A valuable film to watch and reflect on.
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