Doch (The Daughter)

Russia | 2012 | 110 minutes | Alexander Kasatkin, Natalia Nazarova

A hauntingly beautiful crime drama with Dostoevskian overtones in which a serial killer targets teen girls in a small town. Forces of faith, law, and paternalism collide with a young woman's awakening, in spite of the ominous circumstances.

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A skillful merging of coming-of-age narratives and nail-biting whodunits, The Daughter follows quiet, responsible teenager Inna, who whiles away her days in a provincial Russian town until she befriends Masha, the new girl in school whose independent character represents everything Inna's traditional father hates. But when Masha becomes the latest victim of an on-the-loose serial killer, Inna turns to the priest's son, whose sister has also been murdered. As local Inspector Bakhmetyev's investigation leads to harsh truths and shocking revelations, Inna discovers the pitfalls of Orthodox patriarchy as epitomized by the town's priest, who struggles to balance the bonds of the confessional with the need to protect human life. This beautifully shot, marvelously performed, very Russian drama is about people whose long-held beliefs in faith, hope, and love are put to the toughest test. It's a film about being able to choose when no choice is possible, about the courage to accept events, and about the strength to withstand circumstances that could destroy the world around you, your character, and your life.

Director Biography
Alexander Kasatkin was born in 1968 in Moscow. In 2006 he shot his first full-length picture Listening to the Silence, based on Natalia Nazarova's script. Natalia Nazarova is an actress, writer, and singer, having worked on such projects as Vnuk Gagarina (2007) and I'll Return (2009). Doch (The Daughter) is her directorial debut.

Director: Alexander Kasatkin, Natalia Nazarova
Principal Cast: Maria Smolnikova, Yana Osipova, Igor Mazepa, Oleg Tkachev, Vladimir Mishukov
Country: Russia
Year: 2012
Running Time: 110 minutes
Producer: Sergei Zernov, Svetlana Kuchmaeva
Screenplay: Natalia Nazarova
Cinematographers: Andrey Naidenov
Editors: Olga Proshkina
Music: Alexander Manockov
Awards: Warsaw Film Festival 2012 (FIPRESCI Award); Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2012 (FIPRESCI Prize)
Filmography: Alexander Kasatkin: Slushaya tishnu (2007)
Language: Russian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: KinoAtis
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