DVD - 2008 | Russian
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Suffocated by modern-day living, a buttoned-down headmistress reminisces about her glory days as a World War II pilot.


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Froster Jun 25, 2015

What a pity that this film maker died so tragically young. This, and her other Criterion offering (“The Ascent”), confirm her as a major talent. The fact that she could create such multi-faceted works of art during a period of such repression is a testament to her intelligence and skill. (No doubt, had she continued, she inevitably would have butted up against Soviet recalcitrance). This film is not only a slyly observed rendering of the Soviet Post-war era, but also a Feminist statement unique for its time. Its critique of the “rewards” in store for returning war heroes in Soviet society is every bit as trenchant (and far more subtle) as those in “The Best Years of Our Lives”. Like that extraordinary film, it takes as a metaphor the image of the “grounded” aviator. However it contains more poetry and less bathos. Unfortunately, Larisa Shepitko never truly got her chance to soar. But she had “Wings”.


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Apr 18, 2013

Давно окончилась война, но для героини фильма, бывшей летчицы, только те годы и были наполнены подлинным смыслом. Она глубоко переживает разлад с действительностью, отсутствие контакта с дочерью. Ей никак не удается приспособиться к этой мирной, обыденной жизни, в ней не гаснет пронзительное желание летать…


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