Unclenching the Fists
Razzhimaya kulaki, feature film, Russia, France, 2021
DIRECTED BY: Kira Kovalenko
Anton Jaruš with participation of Ljubov Mulmenko
Mukharam Kabulova uz sudjelovanje Vincent Deyveaux
The small mining town of Mizur lies high in the mountains of North Ossetia betweensteep cliffs. Zaur has settled his family here. He keeps his sons and daughter on a shortleash, blind to the line that separates fatherly concern from overprotectiveness. Hiseldest, Akim, has already run off to the nearest city, Rostov, to find work. Meanwhile,his youngest, Dakko, isn’t entirely sure yet what he wants out of life, while middle child, Ada, is actively planning her own escape. Although she’s already a young woman,her father still insists on treating her like a defenseless little girl. Freeing herself fromhis strong paternal embrace to finally embark on an independent adult life of her ownis proving tougher than she anticipated. But just what is this father trying to protecthis daughter from?