Adapted from a novel by Mikhail Borgashevsky, this deceptively simple tale of the accidental meeting of village housewife Nurya and Sasha, a Moscow taxi driver, immediately achieved cult status on release. Tatyana Lioznova, who would go on to direct iconic television drama Seventeen Moments of Spring, was one of only a handful of female directors in this period, and the film benefits from her intimate and delicate perspective on human connection. It also showcases the work of composer Aleksandra Pakhmutova.
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