(out of 5)

Original title:  Krylya

A middle-aged headmistress of a Soviet school questions her methods after expelling a student who refuses to apologize to a classmate he shoved. She continues her daily tasks with care and precision, but goes in search of the young man when he disappears, all the while reconsidering her belief in the system that she has upheld for so long. As time passes, we delve deeper into her memories and find her haunted by her past as a heroic fighter pilot during the war. This early film by Larisa Shepitko has some creaky spots and awkward pacing–her technique would reach its apex by the time of her masterful, and sadly ultimate film, The Ascent–but it has much to recommend it. Its glimpse behind the iron curtain is thorough and unforgettable, with  giving the film much of its power.

USSR, 1966

Directed by

Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Music by

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Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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