Deeply influenced by Italian neorealism, Serik Apromov's 1989 rural drama follows a young Kazakh man who returns to his village after a stint in the Soviet army to find his old friends dissipated and disillusioned. Apromov, who also wrote the script, has a fine ear for macho talk that masks despair and effectively evokes a milieu in which sudden violence functions as a respite from monotony. The film's rough-hewn look is well suited to its message. In Russian with subtitles. 78 min.