Stanislav Lyubshin plays the unlucky bookkeeper Vladimir in this distinguished stage and screen actor's directorial debut, based on the late Vasily Shukshin's stories and last (unfilmed) screenplay. Call Me From Afar was the Grand Prize winner at the 1977 Mannheim Film Festival. It is part of a Shukshin trilogy which begins with Pechki Lavochki and concludes with Kalina Krasnaya. In this film, a widow (Lidia Fedoseyeva-Shukshina) is told by her son and then her brother that she should marry again. She finds a likely candidate in a local bachelor, but during their betrothal feast, discovers that he is a reforming alcoholic who is occasionally irrational. Though she calls off the wedding, she takes this setback in stride.
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