An appealing tale of two orphan girls hitch-hiking across Russia but threatened and failed by men along the way is ultimately and ironically let down by the male director. The young female actors largely deliver on a potentially heart-breaking story but the director's insistence on the focus on his skills in the choice of settings, lighting and music leads to a want to remain detached from the film's core drama.
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.
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.