- Director: Hussein Erkenov
- Writer: Vladimir Kholodov; Yuri Polyakov
- Producer: Aleksandr Zosimenko
Chilling, beautiful, sad and extraordinary.
The only complaint is...it's too short.
Erkenov dispenses with unnecessary dialogue, with narrative - and simply lets the images he has created talk to the audience - everyone will take something different away from the screen.
Five young Red Army recruits struggle for survival against the merciless violence that surrounds them on a daily basis. Their only means of saving their dignity is by preserving the humanity and compassion they share for each other. Visually astonishing, erotically charged and emotionally jarring, this film is Hussein Erkenov's courageous and stinging indictment of Communisum. Banned by the Soviet censors upon its initial release the film had to be smuggled out of the country to make its world wide premier at the 1995 Berlin Film Festival.