This inspiring historical drama is about the 1825 uprising in Russia, which pitted young military officers who opposed the system of serfdom against the newly ascended Czar Nicholas I. Refusing to swear allegiance to him and the autocracy he represented, they eschewed the comfort they were accustomed to and pursued the liberal values of democracy. Their heroic revolution was crushed, however, and the leaders were either executed or sent to Siberian labor camps. The wives of these valiant soldiers abandoned their luxurious lifestyles to follow their husbands, choosing against the aristocracy in favor of a life that put their bodies, minds, and spirits to the test. This film is a chronicle of these women's travails and a testament to their merit.
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On December 14, 1825, the military units of the Russian army were ordered to swear their allegiance to new czar Nicholas I. However, the young officers abhorred this idea and raised their regiments to bring democracy to the country. However, this heroic feat was crushed; many instigators were executed, with others sent to hard labor in Siberia. This remarkable film chronicles these convicted officers and their wives who left aristocratic families and comfortable lifestyles for a world that challenged their bodies and souls.