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In the Fog

In the Fog (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 4

While it treads familiar narrative ground -- and is a mite predictable at times -- In the Fog proves a smart, thought-provoking antidote to Hollywood action movies.

83

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

While it treads familiar narrative ground -- and is a mite predictable at times -- In the Fog proves a smart, thought-provoking antidote to Hollywood action movies.

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Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, a rail worker, lives with his family. Innocent Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but the German officer makes a decision not to hang him with the others and sets him free. Rumours of Sushenya's treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Sergei Loznitsa

Sep 16, 2013

$11.7k

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As remorseless in style as it is in message, "In the Fog" offers little hope and few pleasures, but earns admiration for its elegant exploration of the lowest depths of the human condition.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Intimate in the telling, sweeping in the implications, Loznitsa has created an unusually incisive film.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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In the Fog, which seems to me a masterpiece, is about occupation and the destruction of an understanding of one's own history.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Even when the pace wanes, the images are still gripping.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The world and its choices are often cruel, but for all the devastations visited on the characters, Mr. Loznitsa is searching for the human good amid a human catastrophe.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In the Fog has the inevitability of an avalanche, and only our overfamilarity with Nazi-tribulation scenarios, and perhaps its excessively punctuated ending, could slow it down.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Powerful existential drama about the tension between morality and the imperatives of warfare against the century's most immoral regime. A sign of the continuing health of Russian film after the devastating blow of Yeltsin's privatization.

June 15, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Sergei Loznitsa occasionally writes his ideas too explicitly in the film's dialogue, though he makes up for this by deftly employing some ironic symbolism elsewhere.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Hollywood action movies build up to a frenzied crescendo. Here, it's exactly the opposite. But you'll still end up holding your breath. In the fog.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Like Come And See in neighbouring Belarus, it's a stark vision of humanity in a hellish world. Tough and thought-provoking.

April 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Sergei Loznitsa's stark parable about Soviet collaboration with the Nazis has echoes of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

April 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Nothing is clear in a film that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

[An] austere but never ponderous film about war, and its effect on those caught up in impossible circumstances ...

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Though he is more often a documentary maker, In the Fog marks a profound shift for Loznitsa: there is nothing ad hoc or casual here.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

In The Fog is one of the most impressive films of this year, a brutal tale told in the most languid language imaginable. Unmissable and a terrific step forward for Sergei Loznitsa.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

In The Fog finds Loznitsa pinning down an assured narrative groove.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Despite a string of impressive performances, there's little spark to this Russian-language slow burner and as a result, it can be rather dull and effortful to watch at times.

April 24, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The performances possess a powerful authenticity, whilst the poignancy of the fog-bound finale lingers in the mind.

April 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Audience Reviews for In the Fog

This compelling, intelligent, heart-warming drama directed by Sergei Loznitsa was a real flop in Russia. But this co-production between Belarus, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands and Russia had some success on the world scene - even competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won the Golden Apricot at the 2012 Yerevan International Film Festival in Armenia. I can understand that in the modern times with lots of individuals with short attention span there will be limited number of those who will appreciate the slow tempo of storytelling, and this movie feels like it tells a story in a real time - like we are there. You can almost feel the cold, pain, love... everything from the screen is magically transferred to the audience! The director Sergei Loznitsa deserves praise. What a wonderful job he did.

It wasn't an easy task to adapt Vasil' Bykaw's short story. Everything is happening in 1942 on the territory of Belarus occupied by the German army. The Germans face strong resistance from the Partisans and hatred of most of the local people, but there are people who work with the Germans, because there were tough choices to make. Sushenya is a track-walker arrested and then suddenly released after three of his co-workers were hanged for blowing up a German train. Two Partisans, one of them his close friend have an order to capture Sushenya and lead him to the forest where they have to shoot him as a traitor... but life has different plans!

I haven't enjoyed such complex acting from the main characters for a long time. Vladimir Svirskiy as Sushenya, Vladislav Abashin as Burov and Sergei Kolesov as Voitik have three completely different characters and you could almost feel the way they think - they were working perfectly with each other to bring the feel of chemistry which is necessary for movies like this to feel real. And this one did!

If you are a fan of an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama, pick this one.
August 12, 2013
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