Assassins as well had a childhood, that's the moral groundwork for this Siberian Education, directed by the Italian Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo); the story forcefully describes the early years of a future Russian mobster and soldier, growing up in a terrible town created by Stalin for criminal outcasts. The film is basically an engrossing duet between the young hero and his. Based on a much-translated book by Nicolai Lilin it stars John Malkovich, resembling a lot Marlon Brando after retrieving from the mafia and certainly being the strength of the film. It was shot in Latvia though set in the former Soviet Union (current Transinistria, part of Moldavia), a location managing to describe properly those years and those tower block estates in the most deprived and dangerous areas. Eleanor Tomlinson too is superb.