The main character of the film Nikolay Viktorovich Zykov, a village photographer, poet and philosopher, is experiencing difficult moment of his life. It is only now, when he has turned seventy and lost his wife, he understands that this frail woman who gave birth to his eight children was the spiritual light and the foundation of their family life. Zykov cannot do his favourite hobby, which is photography, anymore. For hours he listens to the music and thinks back about the past, where he left something that he is to repent for, where there is never-ending love and happiness captured at the pictures.
Polikarp Sudomoikin, his wife Evdokia Grigorieva and all their big family live in a distant transbaikal village Bichura. Cultural traditions of the "Semeyskiye", Russian Old Believers, remained in Bichura. During Catharine the Great their ancestors were forced to move from the western regions of Russia to the wild land of Transbaikalia. The Soviet power ruthlessly exterminated everything that has been related to the culture and the history of the Old believers. But to break their love for freedom was impossible. In our days they restore church, sing the ancient songs. And Polikarp Sudomojkin, has become famous in native places for his extraordinary pictures that he began to paint after retirement.
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