Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this well-executed coming-of-age drama, the interactions between two teens, both running away from situations they cannot face, form the engaging nexus of a brief sojourn in a busy Moscow train station. Victor (Vyacheslav Baranov) has run away because he stole a canary cage from an apartment after being goaded into doing it by some so-called friends. His solution is to join the Soviet Navy to distance himself from home and his conscience as much as he can. He meets Alessia (Yevgenia Dobrobloskaya) in the train station, she has also run away after some final, intolerable disagreements with her stepfather -- but she wants to start looking for her real father too. The pair evade the police and station guards by hiding in nooks and crannies and by passing themselves off as actual passengers, all the while talking over their personal problems. By the time nearly 24 hours have elapsed, they have helped each other reach a good and inevitable solution to their dilemmas.