During World War II in Leningrad, the siege of the city is finally over, but life and death struggles continue in the wreckage that remains. Two young women search for meaning and hope during their struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Critic reviews

At 28, Balagov has been hailed as a prodigious new voice in cinema, and there are clear signs why in this, his second feature after 2017’s Closeness.

Hau Chu
Washington Post

The film is an improbably thrilling work of art by virtue of its physical beauty and its relentless intensity of feeling about people

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope

Mihir Fadnavis