The action takes place in the Crimea, the southern part of the former Soviet Union. The characters are all people hostile to society; they’ve got their own reasons for being so, their own lack of understanding. This hostility obliges them to flee, to run from the law, from themselves. During this voyage from which there is no return, feelings follow their own path, oscillating from joy to despair, from hate to love. The rope binding these fates together is already stretched tight and now difficult to break.—en.unifrance.org
Šarūnas BARTAS (1964-) – Lithuanian film director, one of the most outstanding representatives of cinematographers. His contacts with cinema began in 1985 with the TV serial “Sixteen-years-olds” (dir. Raimondas Banionis), where Bartas played one of the main roles. He is a graduate of the Moscow Film School (VGIK). He made his directorial debut with his diploma film, the short documentary “Tofolaria” and mediocre-length film (which called spectators’ attention) “For the Remembrance of Last Day” (1989), where the real personages are “acting themselves” according to the principles of feature film. The author further “purified” the specific cinema language in the full-length film “Three Days” (1991), which was awarded the prize of oicumene committee at Berlin Film Festival (for the problems, the importance of the theme, the profundity) in 1992, and FIPRESCI Prize for the originality of the style, the significance of the theme, the beauty of pictures. This is a story (almost without plot… read more
Characters, as barren and betrayed as the prairie landscape that surrounds them, trade one hell for another. Ruined and wasted, barely speaking; these characters 'exist', if we can call this existing? It's more like survival. To be invisible is to be unseen, to be lost and overlooked. The end of the film suggests the struggle of life and the futility of death. A cycle of sorts, captured, in unflinching detail, by the director's studied, methodical, observational approach.