Synopsis by Perry Seibert
Nikolai Stambula's Russian drama Marsh Brosok (The Forced March) tells the story of an orphan who longs to experience the adventure of war. Alexander (Vladimir Volga) and Volodya (Eugene Kosirev) are orphans who sign up for the military together. After basic training they are sent to fight the Chechen rebels. A rebel leader abducts the pair at one point, but they are able to escape and turn the tables on the man. Alexander eventually strikes up a romance with Masha (Olga Chursina), Volodya's sister. The Forced March was screened at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival.