NO LOOKING BACK
Olga (Victoria Korotkova) is freshly out of jail after a 4-year stint for stabbing her then-boyfriend and cop Oleg (Alexander Yatsenko) in the eye. She wants to get her life back on track and especially to retrieve her 10-year-old daughter Masha (Sofia Krugova) from out of the clutches of her own tyrannical mother Vera (Anna Mikhalkova). But Babooshka (ja-ja) isn’t counting on giving up on her cherished grandchild without a fight! Whereas in WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! you couldn’t even get the characters out of their Moscow apartment with a stick, director Kirill Sokolov now pushes follow-up NO LOOKING BACK out in the open, in the dense forests of Russia. Don’t expect a nice day out in nature with the family though. They may share the same blood, it gushes just as easily! The fatalist family ties drag the female characters down into a spiraling cesspool of domestic abuse and hyper-stylized violence, doomed to repeat the same mistakes generation after generation. In order to offer a better future for her daughter Olga will have to break the family chain… and more than a few of her mother’s bones! Eye for an eye… Just ask one-eyed Oleg: he and all the other men are doozies, simple looking on in awe in a film chock-full of tough ladies.