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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Takes a long, slow, and exceedingly bleak and morose look at the moral choices of three Belorussian soldiers during the German occupation of WWII.
| Original Score: C+
It turns out to be another of those infuriating Cannes near-misses: an iron-clad dreadnought of a picture, impressive in its way but lacking the flash and fire of Loznitsa's previous picture, My Joy.
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.
Director Sergei Loznitsa often employs dreamy, intricately choreographed long-takes reminiscent of Russian filmmakers Andrei Tarkovsky, Aleksei Guerman, and Aleksandr Sokurov.
A carefully-calebrated three-hander from Sergei Loznitsa, its slow, precise rhythms playing out to compelling effect.
Nothing is clear in a film that is as challenging as it is rewarding.
| Original Score: 4/5
Loznitsa knows that war exists and won't go away; rather than indulging in patriotic or pacifistic platitudes, he tries to show what it might do to our souls. And, in this writer's opinion, he succeeds.
A ponderous trudge at times, it is ultimately worth the journey.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
In The Fog finds Loznitsa pinning down an assured narrative groove.
Sergei Loznitsa's stark parable about Soviet collaboration with the Nazis has echoes of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
The performances possess a powerful authenticity, whilst the poignancy of the fog-bound finale lingers in the mind.
In the Fog is an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama.
Possibly the slowest and most contemplative war film ever made, In the Fog is a delicately complex work of shifting perspectives.
[An] austere but never ponderous film about war, and its effect on those caught up in impossible circumstances ...
Like Come And See in neighbouring Belarus, it's a stark vision of humanity in a hellish world. Tough and thought-provoking.