VILLAGE OF WOMEN
A village where women, children, and elderly people live. Men leave for nine months a year to work in Russia. Summer has a slow and pleasant atmosphere; women make hay by cutting grass and preserving it for winter. Fruit is canned to be eaten in the cold season. The sun induces a kind of laziness, a relaxation of the senses. Autumn, with its various shades of red, is the season of births and potato harvesting. Women and men find intimacy in the cold of winter, which is why women give birth in October and November, and in December, fathers meet their children. Now preparations begin to welcome the men; the wait is long and tiring. Winter is approaching, a kind of suspense pervades everything: who will be the first husband to arrive? Men arrive with the snow; women are shy and need time to get used to the presence of their husbands. Children are happy to be with their fathers. Spring arrives, and the atmosphere becomes tense. Men depart for the land of the tsars. The woman feels weak and sad but must find the strength to take care of her children.