An intelligent look at the Soviet-Afghan war from the participants' point of view, THE BEAST is set in 1981, the second year of the Soviet occupation. Having decimated a small Afghan village, a Soviet tank--called the Beast by the natives--is separated from its unit and trapped in a
valley. Dzundza, the brutal commander, wrongly blames his men for the mistake and keeps them in line through intimidation. Only the driver, Patric, dares to speak up to him. Meanwhile, using an antitank device, two bickering Afghan factions join forces and, led by Bauer, launch a small-scale
, making Dzundza so paranoid that he executes his Afghan navigator, whom he suspects...