Set in a small village in Eastern Russia in the early 20th century, this film is about a milkman and his response, as a Jewish father, to requests by his three daughters to bend tradition and allow them to marry the men they love. The plot also involves a pogrom and the eventual emigration from Russia to the U.S.
The following video shows the main character, the father, singing the song; this role was played by a famous actor called Topol. If this is the first time you hear it, follow the lyrics and let yourself be swept along by the music - do pay attention to the verb tenses in the conditional sentences, though...
The trailer below captures some important moments in the film:
And for those of you who like the sound of the violin, click here to listen to
Isaac Stern´s solo at the beginning of the film.