Good Citizens Need Not Fear by  Maria Reva

Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Maria Reva

The crumbling of the Soviet Union is reflected in the the decaying tower blocks of the Ukraine, but this is no grim slice-of-realism record. You know from the start that these lovable characters will win through with gritty determination in spite of the black absurdities of their circumstances. Just a few small episodes in their lives have enough authenticity and emotion to fill your soul.


Smena couldn't help but feel excitement: a head X-ray did not come her way as often as those of other body parts. And heads were the most popular with the buyers, fetched the most money. A shame she couldn't use this one. She would not be lured into Nika's trap.

The small white letters on the bottom right-hand corner of the film, easily overlooked by the untrained eye, read VERONIKA L. GUPKA, TUMOR. Smena noticed a thinning at the base of the skull, a shadow overtaking it from inside. The thing looked contagious, like a curse. She didn't like the tumor hanging on her window, projecting its tendrils onto her kitchen wall.

She understood then: the woman was dying. Whatever she wanted from Smena stemmed from this fact.

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