The biggest surprise of his film is that what begins in sentimental cliche concludes with melancholy insight. show more
A humane and fantastic work, and it touches us precisely because Konchalovsky shows the reality of both the soldiers and the madhouse inmates. His movie is just what he intended: a nightmare that speaks the truth. show more
This flamboyantly operatic anti-war film takes getting used to, though it leaves you with memorable images of madness, both poetic and military.