France / Armenia 2019, 82 min, Armenian, Hebrew & English subtitles
They herd the cattle, till the soil, chop wood, climb trees to pick apples—and miss their husbands so, so much.
The women of Lichk, a tiny Armenian village, have to do all of the men’s chores because the men spend most of the year in exile. With no jobs in Armenia, the men are forced to look for work in Russia, leaving behind the children, the elderly, and the women who support them all.
Set in a breathtakingly beautiful area, the film follows the village for a whole year. As the seasons change, so do the tasks, sorrows and joys. Alone or in groups, the women sing, laugh and talk candidly about the hardships of separation, the loneliness, the estrangement and the immense frustration that creep into their long-distance relationships, alongside the eager anticipation of reunion.
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