The film follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies, and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German. When the war ends, The Boy has been changed forever.
Cast / Petr Kotlár , Harvey Keitel , Stellan Skarsgård , Udo Kier , Julian Sands , Barry Pepper , Aleksei Kravchenko , Zdeněk Pecha , Michaela Doležalová , Lech Dyblik , Jitka Čvančarová , Júlia Valentová , Petr Vaněk , Nina Shunevych , Alla Sokolova Writer / Václav Marhoul Costumes / Helena Rovná DoP / Vladimír Smutný Editor / Luděk Hudec Make-Up / Ivo Strangmüller Set Designer / Jan Vlasák Sound / Jakub Čech , Pavel Rejholec Story / Jerzy Kosiński