It's about a man who fought in WW2, was captured by the Nazis and put into different concentration camps, witnessed much cruelty, after his liberation fate took him to Argentina, to work for a German landowner and his Russian wife, then he goes to live in Germany, working as a chauffeur for a rich family, after becoming disillusioned there he returns home to Russia after about 17 years of being away. The film begins with a mother and daughter meeting him on their drive to visit relatives. Before any of the above happened, the man saved the mother's life during the Leningrad Blockade, he picked her up frozen and unconscious from the snow, took her home and fed her so she wouldn't die. After the blockade ended it took her 5 years to find her daughter. The rest of the film is the trios trip across 1960's beautiful Russia, and the flashbacks of the man's long incredible story. Insanely beautifully shot, filled with emotion. One of Gerasimov's best and most important films.
I'd put this movie on a par with such film as "Ballad of a Soldier". These movies tell us of the importance of saving your humanity, honor and dignity despite the difficulties and hardships.

2 x DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:35:35 + 01:44:06 | 5.25 Gb + 5.81 Gb
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English, Russian
Genre: Drama, War

Director: Sergei Gerasimov
Actors: Nikolai Yeryomenko St., Tamara Makarova, Zhanna Bolotova, Vitali Doronin, Mikhail Gluzsky

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