How I Ended This Summer

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On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his fifties, takes his job very seriously. His new partner, bright eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player and video games to avoid Sergei's imposing presence. One day while Sergei is out, inexperienced Pavel receives terrible news for Sergei from HQ. Intimidated, Pavel can't bring himself to disclose the information. When the truth is finally revealed, the consequences explode against a chilling backdrop of thick fog, sharp rocks, and the merciless Arctic Sea. -- (C) Film Movement

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Critic Reviews for How I Ended This Summer

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  • It has a pared down quality that invites, indeed virtually compels, the viewer to see it as some kind of allegory.

    Apr 23, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • A gripping, involving and wonderfully acted piece of work.

    Apr 21, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Popogrebsky's film eloquently typifies Russian cinema's current frame of mind.

    Apr 21, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Part psychological thriller, part a paean to the beauty and remoteness of its setting, How I Ended This Summer is shot by cinematographer Pavel Kostomarov with rare and atmospheric skill.

    Apr 21, 2011
  • 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.

    Apr 20, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • The evocative cinematography, often showcasing the humbling scale of the landscape, perfectly counterpoints Popogrebsky's intimate, intricately observed direction.

    Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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