Director Olga Preobrazhenskaya’s sensitive and lyrical examination of the damage done by an abusive patriarch is one of the hidden gems of 1920s Soviet cinema and deserves more attention.
The performances, cinematography and storytelling are all top notch and while it doesn’t boast the editing fireworks so often associated with Russian films of this period, it more than makes up for it with genuine emotion. This is a must-see.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.The patriarch is exposed by his own daughter after he drives his daughter-in-law to suicide.
If it were a dessert it would be: A Rustic Fruit Tart. Embraces the old ways for a new audience.
Availability: Released on DVD and Bluray as part of the Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology from Flicker Alley.
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