A simple story. Viktor and Sergei become friends while doing the military service. An accident happens and Sergei dies. At the end of service, Viktor does not feel like returning to his village (for reasons that become known later in the film) but goes instead to visit his dead friend's mother, Vera, who lives alone in a hamlet. Despite the age difference, Viktor falls in love with Vera. As Vera warns Viktor, villagers are quite nosy, and do not like strangers. Thus, the relationship between Viktor and Vera quickly meets with condemnation and brutal hostility.
A very honest and touching film, depicting the obstacles intergenerational love faces, and the cruelty envy of love can lead to.
Very good acting portraying feelings and emotions with few words and silence by the main characters Lidya Velezheva, Stanislav Bondarenko and Vitalii Khaev.
Another excellent Russian film that could potentially be appreciated worldwide, were it not for the usual language and commercial barriers.