Son of acclaimed Russian director Sergei Bodrov and a popular actor in his own right, Sergei Bodrov Jr. makes his directorial debut with this drama about a pair of sisters thrown together by circumstances. Aged eight and 13, the two half siblings are hardly aware of the others' existence and couldn't live more separate lives. The younger sister lives with her mobster father in a life of luxury including private tutors, music lessons, and fine clothing. The elder, on the other hand, lives with her ailing grandmother and is forced by necessity to take on adult obligations far beyond her years. When a contract is put out on their father's head, the younger sibling finds herself in danger and believes that the only person she can trust is her long lost older sister. Soon a strong bond develops between the two as they flee for their lives. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
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