The Fierce One | Chicago Reader

The Fierce One

Animals do seem to have been killed in the making of this 1973 film, but director Tolomush Okeev brings an inspired feel for the vast arid landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and the brutality of life lived close to nature to this story about a young boy who lives with his ailing grandmother and a brutish uncle who beats him. When the uncle slaughters a litter of wolf pups, the boy, in tears, rescues one. But a chilling scene in which wolves attack a flock of sheep by night suggests that the pup won't be easy to tame. The uncle justifies his cruelty as character building, a claim arguably justified by the film's harsh milieu. Also showing: Okeev's short There Are Horses (1965). Dubbed in Russian with English subtitles. 107 min.

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