The Fierce One

Tolomush Okeev filmed the Kirghiz mountains and deserts with an intimate knowledge and the keenest sensitivity. The action in his films is always keyed to the landscape in a way that appears effortless, no matter how painstakingly wrought: he knows every crack, every crevice, all the cruelty and all the beauty of a life lived under the open sky. This film, written by Andrei Konchalovsky, is the story of a boy who raises a wolf cub, and learns quickly about savagery of both animal and human varieties. There are sequences here-a pack of wolves raiding a herd of sheep by night, a wolf hunt on horseback, and the snowscapes of the last section of the movie-that will make your hair stand on end. Warning: the film contains explicit scenes of violence to animals.

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