4 (Chetyre) (2006)
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It's another blast of vibrant, vicious, gloomy electricity from the always-surprising Russian film scene, and the beginning of an important career.
This 2004 debut feature by Russian director Ilya Khrzanovsky is puzzling, intriguing, and often compelling, apparently set in the present but magical and futuristic in tone.
The sheer surfeit of ideas in 4's first half hour alone could fuel a dozen warped movies; presented in this kind of rush, they leave you agape.
If your art film tastes lean toward orderliness and tidy metaphors, you could spend the two hours of Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky's fearless and mesmerizing debut feature.
Decidedly not for everyone, 4 is an incomparably unhinged act of disinterment, but it's also a fiercely willed feat of rebirth, raw and bloody and screamingly alive.
Audience Reviews for 4 (Chetyre)
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Ending is terrible and trying to GET to that ending is torturous.
All in all this was a fascinating movie, and I enjoyed the characters. I think each of the stories could've been expanded like Mariana's character. I thought it was going to be a little more nightmarish or frightening, but the old ladies were disturbing enough.
Three Moscow strangers meet at a bar, then we follow what happens to each of them after they leave (in theory, as the story of the prostitute returning to her drunken country village for a funeral takes up far more time than the others). Well shot, well acted, excellent sound design, but this one really shows off the worst flaws of self-conscious art films: it's pretentious, frustratingly obscure, unfocused, and most of all, boring.
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