Powerful and intense, this is not just about the grim reality of war in the Soviet Union but the story of a mother who has to decide what's best for her child. Heart-wrenching and will strike you at the very core. it gives a picture of the effects and confusion brought about by war as well as the damage caused by endless battles. But what's heartbreaking most of all was the condition of the people affected by such atrocities. Impressive acting portrayals and commendable musical scoring and cinematography!