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V Toy Strane


Lidia Bobrova (Hey, You Wild Geese) made this Russian comedy-drama set in a snow-covered rural Russian village where agricultural leader Chapurin attempts to bring an end to the town's alcoholic idleness by posting lists of village drunks. Typical is kindly, middle-aged cattle-herder Skuridin, vodka-drenched as he faces his family responsibilities and his nagging wife. The locals continue to swig, even after widowed bootlegger Anna stirs up a concoction so potent it kills. Equally ignored is Chapurin's...more