Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Parana (Juli Básti) is none too bright and is spectacularly unattractive. In the chaos of the collectivization of Ukrainian farming communities in the early 1930s, the peasants have no time for anything but survival, and she becomes the butt of their cruel harassment and ridicule. In this tragicomedy, when she takes refuge from her tormentors beneath a poster of Stalin, she earns the nickname Stalin's Fiancee. Something about the situation leads one of the regional authorities to haul her away for questioning as a spy. When she returns to the village, her reactions to those who tormented her lead to their being arrested before she suffers one last indignity.
collective, misfit, political-persecution, totalitarianism, village-idiot