Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
Veteran Estonian filmmaker Arvo Iho brings to the big screen the story of one man's retreat to nature in this adaptation of the Nikolai Baturin novel Karu Süda -- The Heart of the Bear. Fed up with his inane, urban-dwelling life, young Nika (Rain Simmul) heads for the rugged tranquility of the Siberian taiga. His new environment proving to be very extreme, Nika is forced to pick up a number of survival skills rather quickly -- and while doing so, he earns the respect of a number of the region's natives. Meanwhile, the young Estonian manages to meet and fall in love with a teacher named Guitya (Dinara Drukarova). Eventually, the two marry and settle down, but their marriage becomes unstable when Nika encounters a young wild woman he calls Emily (Iljana Pavlova). This mysterious young woman, who also has a mysterious connection with a gigantic, wild brown bear, quickly captures Nika's heart and forces the young recluse to make a very difficult decision. Karu Süda -- The Heart of the Bear was presented at the 2002 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.