A young married couple, Nadya and Andrei, journey deep into the Siberian taiga. Nadya is hoping to overcome her infertility by visiting a lake renowned for its healing powers; unbeknownst to her, Andrei has his mind on divorce. When heavy rainfall cuts off their route out of the wilderness, the pair must finally confront their personal and shared demons. Zhalnin wrings maximum tension and splendour from the astonishing landscape, with judicious use of flashbacks to round out his lead characters, played with subtle modulation by Anton Momot and Tatyana Polosina.
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