Anya, una estudiante de posgrado tímida y desencantada del amor, conoce a la joven Kristina, una valiente huérfana, mientras huye de la policía. Las dos se embarcan en una odisea impredecible por el vasto territorio ruso.
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A very well written film. The format is like many others but the director uses an original way to present the storytelling. Though without sophistication, this film is emotionally deep. It presents, in my opinion, all the aspects of cold and problematic Russian society from a woman's point of view.
Nothing very profound or new here, in fact it's rather predictable. But the performances by the girls are very good, and engaging emotionally. A mainstream Russian drama, better than a mainstream American one anyway. 3.5*
Despite a very strong turn by lead Polina Pushkaruk the melodrama and weak performance by ypung Vika Lobachova undo any intentions the director may have had. This tale of two orphans, one masquerading as younger than she is, travelling together towards Kazakhstan becomes overtly sentimental and cloying as it plods on. A miss.
3.5 An unusual take on the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale. Found Anya's naivete as a lovesick grad student unbelievable, given her strong personality in orphanage high school where she has no problem saying "I changed my mind." Beautiful scenery. Devastating tragedy. Christine is a trying personality, but she helps get Anya to Grandmother's house. Not so sure it's good for Anya to revert to an even younger age!
A movie that rises above its own trappings of a coming-of-age, buddies-on-the-road, genre film.
It's an emotional character study that pulls no punches in showing the trials of these young girls, one running from the law, and one running from life. It's somber and full of hardship and pain, but ultimately offers a look at what redemption might look like.
It's a tough watch, but one that is certainly worth it.
Anya made some terrible decisions, but this movie was highly entertaining once it reached the orphanage. Everything before that was pretty boring. Overall, a nice exploration of familial love with a few emotional gut punches