This is an exquisitely beautiful film: the stunning photography revealing the vastness of the Russian landscape in which the story unfolds.
The narrator is Aist, a laconic middle-aged man whose equally reticent best friend Miron has just lost his beloved wife Tanya. Rather than have her buried in their town, Miron resolves to follow the ways of his people and take her body to the water.
He asks Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merya culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, West-Central Russia. Although the Merya people blended into Russia in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in their descendants' modern life. The two men set out on a road-trip thousands of miles across the boundless lands. Along the way, as is custom for the Meryas, Miron shares intimate memories of his conjugal life. However, as they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, he realises he wasn't the only one in love with Tanya.
Silent Souls (M) 1hr 20m Russia
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