Director Larissa Shepitko, best known for her film The Ascent, was one of the more prominent young filmmakers in the USSR in the '70s. She died in her early 40s before she could make many films. In Ty I Ya, or You and Me, she explores the use of new storytelling techniques to recount a surgeon's crisis of conscience. Piotr (Leonid Dyachkov) cannot reconcile his personal needs with his professional work; he serves as a surgeon attached to foreign embassies. After spending a period of time wandering in the wilds of Siberia, some of it with a lovely young woman, he returns to his family and his work. One lighthearted highlight of this serious film has Piotr playing a game of cowboys and Indians with a suitably dressed friend.
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