Police pursue a pregnant woman across a snow-covered field and she goes into premature labour. A young girl, the result of the birth, announces in voiceover that she didn’t meet her mother until seven years later. Wolfy charts the ongoing course of their relationship, which remains central to the little girl’s life. However, she sees her mother rarely and is left in the care of her grandmother and, subsequently, an invalid aunt. Her mother seems to depend on the sexual favours of men and occasionally brings her presents, most significantly a spinning top (‘volchok’, which is also the Russian for little wolf). Written and directed by one of Russia’s leading contemporary playwrights, Vassily Sigarev, whose Plasticine was staged at the Royal Court, the story was based on the experiences of leading actress, Yana Troyanova, who plays the role of the mother. While the subject is, on the surface, grim, Sigarev deliberately sought ‘the sensation of childhood memories’, arguing that childhood memories can be beautiful regardless. A strikingly imagined combination of social observation and fairy tale, Sigarev’s directing debut gives a strong indication that, as he has stated elsewhere, his first love is cinema. —bfi
a very interesting debut - and am looking forward to watching Sigarev's latest film - Living- Sigarev seems to divide critics as strongly as Lars von Trier but something interesting is going on in his cinema - haven't seen Wolfy in ideal conditions - ie on a small computer screen but what have seen suggests that he has a real originality to his vision. http://giuvivrussianfilm.blogspot.com/2012/05/vasily-sigarev.html
This film gets a special mention as it is better than its three opponents in my mind, in the category "please, think of the children" of the new Russian cinema: "The Italian", "Koktebel", "The Return". It is much better than those in that it is good.