Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris’ family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.
«Kalotozov's technical mastery is one of the great wonders of the history of cinema. His films are full of astonishment and audacity.»― Ciro Guerra
«The scene in the stairs stays deeply imprinted in my consciousness, it is a great example of how a location can contribute to the dramatic building of what is the come.»― Teona Mitevska