Synopsis by Mark Deming
A simple minded man finds out the hard way he's not as foolish as the man who trusts him in this comedy-drama from Russian filmmaker Nikolai Dostal. Petya (Egor Pavlov) is a charming, good looking but slow-witted young man living with his doting mother in a small Russian village in the 1950s. Petya wants to be a policeman, and the townspeople are happy to let him believe he's a cop -- he helps direct traffic and writes tickets, he's given a uniform and a badge, and he's even issued a gun, though the weapon is made of wood so Petya can't actually hurt anyone with it, including himself. Petya is enjoying his life in law enforcement until several prisoners escape from a forced labor camp located nearby. Colonel Boguslavsky (Roman Madyanov), who heads up the camp, wants the authorities to round up his missing prisoners as soon as possible; Boguslavsky turns to Petya for help, unaware of his "special" status on the police force, and together they set out to find the escapees. Petya Po Doroge v Tsarstvie Nebesnoe (aka Petya On The Way To Heaven and Peter On The Way To Heaven) was named Best Film at the 2009 Moscow International Film Festival.
escape, labor-camp, mental-retardation, police, prison, Russia, small-town