How I Ended This Summer (2010)
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On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his fifties, takes his job very seriously. His new partner, bright eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player and video games to avoid Sergei's imposing presence. One day while Sergei is out, inexperienced Pavel receives terrible news for Sergei from HQ. Intimidated, Pavel can't bring himself to disclose the
Jan 28, 2010 Limited
May 10, 2011
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So-called 'slow cinema', if executed with delicacy, has the power to exert a trance-like hold over us, but this one falls flat at every dreary hurdle.
What stays with the viewer is a sense of a man unraveling from his own mistakes and weaknesses.
Just when you think that nothing more is going to happen, all hell breaks loose in the form of a deadly game of cat and mouse.
How I Ended This Summer combines memorable images of the gorgeous, rugged wilderness, meticulous sound design that emphasizes the characters' isolation, a dash of dark wit and a dose of madness.
Popogrebsky sets up the quiet tensions between his two generationally divided characters like a chess match pocked with occasional power grabs...
Playing an ignoble protagonist, Dobrygin keeps his motives always quietly evident; later, lost in a fog painted red by an emergency flare, he's an abject vision of man in a hell of his own making.
Bleak and unfulfilling psychological thriller set at a Russian meteorological camp on a desolate island in the Arctic Circle.
A cinematic and dramatic treat, this spectacular piece of contemporary Russian filmmaking follows two meteorologists stationed on a remote Arctic island. An allegory on old and new Russia, it's part art-house thriller and part atmospheric poetry.
Though gripping for large stretches, the lack of forthcoming information - especially with regards to Pavel - proves more frustrating than enigmatic, with the tension dissipating at crucial moments.
It has a pared down quality that invites, indeed virtually compels, the viewer to see it as some kind of allegory.
The unravelling of trust and compassion is not always convincing but director Alexsei Popogrebsky's sense of place and pace ensures that it remains thoroughly compelling.
How I Ended This Summer is everything you could want from a tense two-hander set at an isolated Siberian weather station.
Popogrebsky's film eloquently typifies Russian cinema's current frame of mind.
It's the complex performances that keep the simple narrative compelling, with Puskepalis, in the less showy role, conveying a quiet threat that racks up the tension during the unpredictable final third.
An atmospheric, beautifully photographed but ultimately rather pointless existential Russian drama about two contrasting men stuck together on a deserted Arctic island to record meteorological data.
Part psychological thriller, part a paean to the beauty and remoteness of its setting, How I Ended This Summer is shot by cinematographer Pavel Kostomarov with rare and atmospheric skill.
It's as though everything repressed and unconscious has become real enough to be photographed. What a terrific film.
The polar landscapes and fluctuating weather are superbly shot, while there are compelling turns from the two actors, who bravely perform their own stunts.
It's a film about temperament and time and territory, clearly shot in arduous conditions in a bleak and breathtaking landscape.
With strong turns from its leads, this Russian drama will bury its way into your subconcious. Intense.
The evocative cinematography, often showcasing the humbling scale of the landscape, perfectly counterpoints Popogrebsky's intimate, intricately observed direction.
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