This is a Russian or Ukrainian story of a peasant village. One of their own men returns to the village. He's now in the army, and the villagers are initially delighted to see him, but his army job is to subjugate them and (if I remember correctly) to enforce the communist ideology on their way of life. The man's relationships with his former friends are the core of this story.
It is filmed in Russian/Ukrainian, with English subtitles, and I'm guessing I saw it in the mid 1980s. Can anyone identify the film for me?