Awards : State Award of the USSR (1973, director Kh.Narliev, cameraman A.lvanov, production designer A.Khodzhaniyazov, actors M.Aimedova and Kh.Ovezgelenov)
Memorable medal for participation (critics section), IFF in Venice, Italy (1972)
Prizes "Silver Siren" to the movie, "Sorrento Trophy" to the leading actress (M.Aimedova), IFF in Sorrento, Italy (1972)
Special Jury Prize, IFF in Locarno, Switzerland (1972)
Prize to the best director (Kh.Nurliev, shared with Sh.Abbasov for the film "Drama of Love"), second prize for the best female part (M.Aimedova), All-Union Film Festival in Tbilisi (1972)
Khodjakuli Narliev's plaintive cinematic poem is as delicate as a desert breeze. A woman whose husband has been killed in WWII lives with her father-in-law in the desert. "You've been irreproachable all these years," he tells her - at once a compliment and a sad realization. She cannot leave and go back to her family, because that would mean the end of hope that her husband, a heroic pilot, might return one day. The film, composed in rich color, is a series of encounters and memories - the birth of a child, a visit from her brother, a plane ride with her husband just before he went off to war - that revolve around the memory of what was and the bittersweet image of what might have been. A singingly beautiful film.
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