The Commissar
A female commissar named Vavilova has to leave her detachment for a while. She is expecting a baby… Staying with the Jewish family of a petty artisan, who has many children of his own, and observing the everyday life of those poor but always ready to help people, Madame Vavilova, as she is called by the head of the family, Yefim Magazannik, discovers a hitherto unknown to her world of human joys, the happy pleasures of motherhood and family life. But soon she has to return to the realities of war and leave her newborn son with her new friends...

Awards: Special Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Prize and Ecumenical Jury Prize at the West Berlin IFF, 1988

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