The Commissar (Komissar) Reviews
While eschewing a neorealistic approach by going against the grain with a nontraditional musical score and striking imagery, "The Commissar" is also a powerful look at the role of women in combat. Klavdia sees herself as a soldier first which is in conflict with the need to care for her child.(In "Farscape," female Peacekeepers could control their pregnancies to such a degree that they could give birth quickly with hardly a break before returning to the battlefield.) In America, she would be accused of giving in to her ambitions but then that's capitalism for you. In a socialist state, as imperfect as it is, the need comes from being part of a struggle larger than yourself that a flashforward gives an even greater urgency to.
The film is in black and white, but don't let that deter you. The lack of color seemed to enhance the film rather than detract from it.
Watch it in Russian with English subtitles. If you choose "Russian Language," you'll hear the voices of the Russian actors in the original language, and over that you'll hear a male voice with a strong Russian accent reading the script.