In Taiga, in the deserted village there lives an old man Ivan and his seven-year-old grandson Leshka. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood. One of these dogs is Leshka’s best friend. Sometimes their uncle Yuri brings food to them. Once, on his way back from Ivan’s village uncle Yuri is attacked by dogs and perishes. Ivan and Leshka stay without supply. Once Leshka witnesses Ivan shooting at “his” dog and runs away. The old man finds him in a dry well, but he fails to get him out on his own. Ivan sets out through Taiga in search of help. Not the dogs are hunting him. And the boy is waiting. –RIFF
Impeccable cinematography and beautiful locations punctuate a simple story about a remote grandfather-grandson duo, their various missing family members, and the mischief of a pack of coyotes. The side-story with the soldiers was a little strange, but added something extra. Overall, it would have been best to get into the survival story quicker and have stuck with it longer.