When childhood friends Kolima (Arnas Fedaravicius) and Gagarin (Vilius Tumalavicius) find themselves on opposite sides of a strict code of honour, enforced by the fierce Grandfather Kuzya (John Malkovich), they quickly become powerful enemies. In the aftermath of a brutal crime, they are given permission to use any means necessary for exacting revenge.
This ultra low budget (I imagine) film about the tough upbringing of a family in Siberia is pretty grim. The rules of survival are learnt at grandpa's knee at other low joints. Malkovich is great as grandpa but the main story is the life of two friends. It does flick freely between the ages of the boys/men and this borders on annoying but it does eventually settle on the final phase of their disasterous relationship.
Good movie, interesting plot-line with the interspersing of different stages of chronology which provides the background for the denouement. Cinematography is impressive with the ice-patterns in the river of particular note, capturing the bitter environment in which the film plays out. Well worth a watch despite John Malkovich's presence (which is not overly intrusive).