Scene by scene, the spartan direction of Aleksei Popogerbsky and extraordinary hand-held cinematography of Pavel Kostomarov drags you reluctantly towards the battle of psyches sure to break out between the two protagonists by film's end.
Filled with cinematic gems, from the time lapse photography of the landscape to the raw storyline (Ingmar Bergman comes to mind), the film has an immersive quality... Flawed, but exceptional all the same
When it finally concluded, how did the filmmakers end this summer? With an aching crawl, all the while giving us a sharp sense of regret for the fine film buried underneath the tons upon tons of tundra.