The beginning of the 20th century. The young Ksenia from Kiev is orphaned.
her father, from a russified german family, has perished during the 1905
revolution. The great War separates Ksenia from her brother Konstantin.
Ksenia joins the troops at the front as a sister of mercy. When saving Ksenia
from certain death, the 50-year-old commander Rostislav Batorsky is injured
and becomes an invalid. the tragic circumstances of their acquaintance
bring together two lonely people singed by the war. They get married in
petrograd in 1917, but her family happiness comes to an abrupt end with
the death of her husband, who has become an enemy of the Bolsheviks… the
scope of the events in the film ranges from the great War and the October
revolution into the 1930s; its geography encompasses Kiev, Siberia and
even Canada. At the basis of the script lies the real fate of a woman who
devoted her life to taking revenge for the brutal murder of her husband.
“This is a continuation of everything I have done before. It is perhaps the
most confessional of my films” (Vladimir Motyl).