Directed by Alexei Balabanov
the Jury Special Prize at the Torino
International Festival of Young Cinema, this is a poignant tale of innocence lost. A
young man returns from home to St. Petersburg, having completed his military
service. He discovers that his brother is now a contract killer for the Russian mob.
Both brothers become involved in a plan to kill a Chechen mafia boss. This riveting crime
film addresses many of the social problems that plague city life in the former Soviet Union. Lead actor Sergei Bodrov's superb
performance won him international attention, including the award for Best Actor at the
1997 Chicago International Film Festival. "A wonderfully mordant excursion
through the new Russian thugocracy
the best Russian movie I've seen in years"
(J. Hoberman, The Village Voice). 96