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.
| Original Score: 2/5
What stays with the viewer is a sense of a man unraveling from his own mistakes and weaknesses.
| Original Score: 3/4
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...
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Above all How I Ended This Summer is a merciless contemplation of the fragile human psyche under siege.
| Original Score: 4.5/5