Zina is sixteen. She is a manipulative schoolgirl living in a small Russian town among sincere and simple people. Zina is nice on the surface, but so unable to enjoy normal life, that she is desperately trying to hurt someone.
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One of those square pegs that just won't fit into the Soviet state, Svetlana Smirnova's monstrous schoolgirl experiences growing pains with a vengeance and torments everyone around her. Only her long-suffering teacher (Irina Kupchenko, wonderful as always) cares to continue trying, though she lives to regret it. An excellent character study.