Tatiana Samoilova is riveting as a young woman whose fiancé rushes to enlist after the German invasion. He goes missing behind enemy lines, leaving her to navigate the treacherous, unfamiliar wartime landscape without even knowing if he is alive or dead. The death of Stalin created an opening for Kalatozov to acknowledge in starkly human terms what many Soviets had repressed: the casualties and trauma that ripped through a generation.
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The Bri-terion Collection
I’m loving the Criterion Channel streaming service, so every week I’m going to share my favorite new find.