CRITICAL – Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas signs a pictorial historical drama, crossed by poetic flashes.
In the heart of a Lithuania occupied by the Red Army at the end of the Second World War, in 1948, General Winter leans with all his silent power the lid of economic, political and military repression. Here the sky is white. The snow is falling gently. In the forest, the foliage of the fir trees bends under the weight of the snow piles. The wind is blowing, padded. We hear the creaking of the peaks. In close-up, we see trembling hands warming up to a crackling campfire. In this camp, Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas (Three days, A Few of Us…) Films some partisans who organize resistance against the Russian occupier.
The harshness of the climate is matched only by the beauty of Bartas’ images. A few kilometers away, on the plain, a cunning and lying landowner tries to survive the Communist yoke. Dreaded patriarch, Jurgis Pliauga (Arvydas Dapsys) softly supports the supporters. The one who once adopted the young Unte (Marius Povilas,