Nazi-occupied Russia, 1942. Suspected of collaboration with the hated invader, Sushenya (Svirskiy) is backed into a corner and forced to make an impossible decision to survive.
Truth, honor and integrity prove the real casualties as a pair of partisans botch the execution of a presumed collaborator in this strikingly photographed and intricately structured adaptation of a Vasil Bykov novel, set during the Nazi invasion of Belarus.
Like Come And See in neighbouring Belarus, it's a stark vision of humanity in a hellish world. Tough and thought-provoking.
Reviewed by David Parkinson