Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This Russian romance, with a story reminiscent of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, was very popular at the time of its release. It was well-acted, and did not particularly extol the virtues of the Soviet system. Throughout the film, the storyline is punctuated with shots of a trumpeter (Innokenti Smoktunovsky) playing into the dawn air. As the film opens, Sergey (Yevgeny Kindinov) and his girlfriend Tanya (Yelena Koreneva) are cavorting, undressed, in the water. They are lovers. Though Sergey must fulfill his military obligation in the Navy, they expect to marry afterward. When he later goes missing during a rescue mission, Tanya is inconsolable. However, her family persuades her to marry Sergey's best friend Igor Volgin (Alexander Zbruyev). When Sergey reappears, alive and well, Tanya is glad to see him but will not leave her husband for him. He suffers enormously from this but later takes his life in a new direction.
friendship, love, love-triangle, MIA (Missing in Action), rescue, romance, soldier