Asia, a lame collective farm cook is pregnant. She lives in a dark hut with her great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and niece. She is in love with a shallow, stupid driver Stepan who treats her contemptibly and has no intention of ever marrying her. A man named Chirkunov arrives from the city and offers Asia his hand in marriage and a comfortable life in a city apartment. But Asia does not love him. The film was delayed for several years and released only in a heavily censored version in 1971. The original version of the film was released in 1987.
Russian Cinema Academy Awards – Nika Award for Best Director and Best Screenplay, nominated for Best Actress and Cinematographer; Berlin Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize – Honorable Mention.