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How I Ended This Summer Reviews

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Simon Weaving
Screenwize
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
Philip French
Guardian
April 23, 2011
It has a pared down quality that invites, indeed virtually compels, the viewer to see it as some kind of allegory.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 21, 2011
A gripping, involving and wonderfully acted piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
April 21, 2011
Popogrebsky's film eloquently typifies Russian cinema's current frame of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
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
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
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.
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
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
Tom Dawson
Total Film
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
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
April 19, 2011
It's a film about temperament and time and territory, clearly shot in arduous conditions in a bleak and breathtaking landscape.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
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
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
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
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 8, 2011
This is slow cinema, and like slow food, the flavours are rich. A film to savour.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
April 8, 2011
Though billed as a psychological thriller, How I Ended This Summer is basically a solemn art movie, leaving ample room for interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
April 8, 2011
It's a bleak and austere film but Popogregsky knows about subtlety, as well.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
April 8, 2011
Scene by scene, the spartan direction of Aleksei Popogerbsky and extraordinary hand-held cinematography of Pavel Kostomarov drags you reluctantly towards the battle of psyches sure to break out between the two protagonists by film's end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
April 7, 2011
I've not convinced there's enough material to drag this story out into two hours but the film is to be admired for its setting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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