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How I Ended This Summer Reviews

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January 11, 2012
Bleak and unfulfilling psychological thriller set at a Russian meteorological camp on a desolate island in the Arctic Circle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 26, 2011
A cinematic and dramatic treat, this spectacular piece of contemporary Russian filmmaking follows two meteorologists stationed on a remote Arctic island. An allegory on old and new Russia, it's part art-house thriller and part atmospheric poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2011
Though gripping for large stretches, the lack of forthcoming information - especially with regards to Pavel - proves more frustrating than enigmatic, with the tension dissipating at crucial moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2011
It has a pared down quality that invites, indeed virtually compels, the viewer to see it as some kind of allegory.
April 22, 2011
It proceeds at a dour and Russian kind of pace, mildly intriguing without ever cranking up the pressure to become compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 22, 2011
It proceeds at a dour and Russian kind of pace, mildly intriguing without ever cranking up the pressure to become compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2011
The unravelling of trust and compassion is not always convincing but director Alexsei Popogrebsky's sense of place and pace ensures that it remains thoroughly compelling.
April 21, 2011
A gripping, involving and wonderfully acted piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2011
How I Ended This Summer is everything you could want from a tense two-hander set at an isolated Siberian weather station.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2011
Popogrebsky's film eloquently typifies Russian cinema's current frame of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2011
It's the complex performances that keep the simple narrative compelling, with Puskepalis, in the less showy role, conveying a quiet threat that racks up the tension during the unpredictable final third.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2011
An atmospheric, beautifully photographed but ultimately rather pointless existential Russian drama about two contrasting men stuck together on a deserted Arctic island to record meteorological data.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2011
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.
April 20, 2011
It's as though everything repressed and unconscious has become real enough to be photographed. What a terrific film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2011
The polar landscapes and fluctuating weather are superbly shot, while there are compelling turns from the two actors, who bravely perform their own stunts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 19, 2011
It's a film about temperament and time and territory, clearly shot in arduous conditions in a bleak and breathtaking landscape.
April 18, 2011
With strong turns from its leads, this Russian drama will bury its way into your subconcious. Intense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2011
The evocative cinematography, often showcasing the humbling scale of the landscape, perfectly counterpoints Popogrebsky's intimate, intricately observed direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2011
This is slow cinema, and like slow food, the flavours are rich. A film to savour.
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