Wow. Brilliant companion film to Come and See. (incidentally directed by Sheptiko's husband.)
The senseless, shame and brutality of the world is shown to a tee. Her fillmaking philosophy is one that puts her nicely alongside the likes of Dreyer and Bresson and the perfomances match that too.
Parallels to Dostoyevski's Alyosha, Christ's death march to Golgotha, and Judas's onset of madness due to guilt, are all fascinatingly portrayed.
A cold film both literally and figuratively. This is necessary and devastatingyl beautiful filmmaking.