In the vast spaces of south west Russia, blue collar worker Aist (Igor Sergeyev) and his boss and friend, Miron (Yuri Tsurilo), come together to perform the last rites for Miron's wife. Together they reflect on times past.
Following two friends arranging the funeral of the woman they both loved, Fedorchenko’s film is a poetic and deeply moving study of love, loss and the enduring relevance of suppressed custom, evoking the feel of an eerie Russian folk tale.
A beautiful piece of work: heart-wrending, atmospheric and truly poignant. Recommended.