This papa sure is a rolling stone. Karabas is a mercurial, intense anti-hero who fascinates us, though we know personalities like his are dangerous to trust. The plot never lets the audience get ahead of it; we are always off-balance about what will happen next, and the pacing is perfect. Fantastic performances and camerawork. Great tragic story of women & son at the mercy of a protector who is also their tormentor.