Focuses on a gaggle of disabled teens in a Russian high school. Ghettoized and neglected by the school and bullied by their peers, the kids turn on each other when the fragile balance of the group is thrown out of whack by the arrival of a newcomer.
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FNC '14 There is a surprising universal theme in Tverdovsky's film that despite what part of the world one grows up in; despite one's afflictions or disabilities; despite one's need for peers and acceptance, that in the end the cruelty of adolescence is universal. Casting is excellent here in a tale of acceptance, brotherhood and first love that degenerates into betrayal, jealousy and tragedy. Worth seeking out.