Following in the footsteps of the grand masters of Russian filmmaking, Tarkovsky, Bondarchuk Zvyagintsev, Konchalovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov, director Aleksey Muradov has created a gripping, heart wrenching, epic story of vast proportions spanning time from 1920 through to 2017.
1920. Southern Russia. The brother.
An army commander returns home. Out of jealousy, he kills his brother and his beloved woman, the mother of his son. The commander is left with the baby in his arms.
1942. Eastern Byelorussia. The son. In the woods lives an old man with his 12-year-old granddaughter. The commander of a partisan brigade brings his infant son to an old men’s house putting it in their care. The baby cries and screams incessantly. In trying to calm him, the child girl living in the house discovers the feeling of motherhood. When the partisans return, she escapes into the woods with the baby.
1996. Northern Caucasus. The bride. Somewhere at an abandoned highway crossing lives a girl. War has taken everything from her: family, hope, sense.Near her house a wounded soldier hides, exhausted from war. But there will be no new life for these two.
2017. Ukraine. The mother. A woman returns home from war to her children to find her village has been bombed and burned and her children are dead. Is there any hope left in this God-forgotten world of ours?
1920. Southern Russia. The brothers. Perhaps everything could have been different? What if the commander had not pulled that trigger in the 1920s?