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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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Two children struggle to grow up and forge friendships in the bleak, poverty-filled landscape of post-World War II Russia. One child, a twelve-year-old boy named Valerka, lives with his prostitute mother in a dreary mining town in a far eastern Soviet city, Vladivostok. The other child, a girl named Galiya, sells tea in the marketplace with Valerka, and tries to befriend him despite his occasional cruelty. Valerka eventually gets in trouble when he angrily pulls a prank on some classmates, who, he believes, have stolen his skates; the repercussions prove too much for him, and he sneaks on a train to escape town. Once on the run, Valerka quickly becomes involved with thieves and witnesses a murder. Galiya, however, manages to find him and convince him to return home. But the thieves, unsure of Valerka's silence, pursue the children -- with tragic consequences.