Bird in a Cage

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Type: TV series
Genre: melodrama
Year of production: 2013
Number of episodes: 4
Directed by: Anatoliy Grigor'ev
Written by: Natalia Shimboretskaya
Production designer: Lyusya Malyshko
Director of photography: Arunas Baraznauskas
Music by: Daniil Yudelevich
Cast: Ekaterina Astakhova, Aleksandr Davydov, Ivan Stebunov, Mikhail Zhigalov, Yuriy Moseychuk, Aleksandr Platonov
This film is about the struggle of an ordinary girl who was tragically orphaned at the age of seven. Although not responsible for her parents’ death, Stesha blames herself and carries the pain and guilt with her into adulthood…

She is forced to endure many ordeals: she marries a man she does not love, she is driven to abandon one son while having to take care of the other and she has to plot her escape from her own ‘cage’ of a loveless marriage. Finally, she has to clear her father’s name by searching for a valuable religious icon, which her father was accused of stealing. Gentle, sweet and self-sacrificing, she is transformed, by the end of the film, into a strong, independent woman, capable of returning love and ready to do anything to ensure the happiness of her children.