2008. Russia. Vladimir Kott. 107 min.
Sunday, March 29, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
2008. Russia. Directed by Vladimir Kott. Fedor Mukhin (the excellent Aleksei Kravchenko) is a macho trucker with scant interest in anything but casual sex, vodka, and a life on the road. When he gets a letter from a woman with whom he had a brief fling many years ago, he discovers that he may have a sixteen-year-old daughter who is living on her own in a dismal Russian town and being threatened with jail. As he tries to win her love—or at least her respect—the girl, Vera (the brilliant Alexandra Tyuftey), turns out to be every father's nightmare, an incorrigible delinquent given to burning down houses when riled. Yet she takes responsibility for a younger boy she protects from schoolyard bullies and spends her spare time in a boxing gym. Kott's marvelous post-perestroika drama explores its two main characters with sympathy, delicious humor, and a total absence of sentimentality. 107 min.