Kenzhe / Little brother / 2015



Film’s story unfolds in the present days. The major confrontation happens between two brothers. One is a client; another is a doer. But once the fate would turn so one brother would face the other. And ...

Film’s story unfolds in the present days. The major confrontation happens between two brothers. One is a client; another is a doer. But once the fate would turn so one brother would face the other. And this brings them both before a challenging choice.

The protagonist in the film is a professional hitman, a man from nowhere. We do not know his story and do not know what made him turn to this shady path. We don’t even know his first and last name. He executes his brother’s orders and makes his living by killing.

However, kenzhe (little brother) fails one of the contracts. They begin a manhunt after him but the path leads to his older brother. Life and interests of one party are at stake. Brother goes against brother. And this fight is never over until one breaks the kindred laws.

Brief strip

Dostoyevsky contemplated over this issue in the classical, especially Russian, literary tradition. Who is his Raskolnikov? Is he a murderer or a fair avenger? Is one person granted a right to carry out a sentence to another over a certain purpose, even if this purpose is good? All these questions have a variety of multiple answers.

Film authors are trying their best to evade the clichés and other beaten artistic solutions. This is why, besides a very well twisted plot, viewers would be offered several questions which are still up to date even though they had been raised since the biblical times. Who is to be judged and who is not? Who actually has the right to pass judgment? What is a murder and what is retaliation? Can a crime be justified for some good cause? And why, if granted the right of choice, the crowd would still be choosing Barabbas?

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