"La inverosímil tregua entre el agresor y su víctima es el inicio de una serie de situaciones cada vez más banal. La redención, como tema central de la película, es un cosquilleo que se maneja de manera superficial. Lo que pudo haber sido el conflicto interno, moral o hasta sentimental de un mayor de policía, se termina tratando con un razonamiento contradictorio..." http://bit.ly/1rbzxzQ
TIFF '13 Bykov has scripted and directed this Russian look at corruption and complicity in a police force trying to cover up the actions of one of its own after a brutal car accident takes the life of a 7 year old boy. However the point is made that this could happen anywhere and in any walk of life as one's preservation of one's loved ones near always take precedence over the law. Soundtrack is aces.
Solid craft here in a tale of corruption and the tangled web that supports it; marred a little by some heavy-handed acting from the mother, who in reality didn't have a lot to work with in sustaining a mix of grief and anger throughout. The film comes full circle poetically enough with the truck-driver's return further strengthening the motif of 'what goes around comes around' or 'it's a very small world'. 3 stars