Krug Vtoroy (The Second Circle) (1990)
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Critic Reviews for Krug Vtoroy (The Second Circle)
The brownish, monochrome color scheme lacks the transcendent beauty of Sokurov's later films, and it can be tough going, but it also has the mark of a master.
The Second Circle is awash in the pain of loss, yet how often grim comedy breaks through the austere surface.
Audience Reviews for Krug Vtoroy (The Second Circle)
I applaud Sokurov for presenting a film with such a clear vision. In terms of mood, sound design, visuals and content, he makes no apparent compromise. This is exactly the sort of Russian film that keeps many people from enjoying Russian films, but there's a touch of absurdist comedy lurking beneath its frigid surface. It's all very dead pan, but how else can you handle bureaucrats asking for money as a man's father waits to be moved into a coffin or when the poor guy has to "loan" his father his only pair of socks so that he can be legally buried? The visuals and claustrophobic and intentionally grainy, but when a movie is named after a circle of Dante's hell, you shouldn't expect post-production polish. Some viewers may be turned off by the near lack of music, dialogue or any sound whatsoever, but it fits the film.
[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=black][img]http://images.blockbuster.com/is/amg/dvd/cov150/drt700/t788/t78895eudjs.jpg[/img][/color][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=black][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Summary (from IMDB): A man tries to come to terms with his father's death and to deal with the mundane details of his burial in a society cut off from spirituality.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [center][img]http://www.filmref.com/directors/dirpages/images/secondcircle.gif[/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=black][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]By far the most disappointing Sokurov I've seen yet. All of his films are slow paced, but are still able to move. This just sat still. Additionally, the cinematography was even bland (by Sokurov's standards). There were a few scenes that were shot absolutely wonderfully, but about 60+ minutes of the 85 minute runtime was bland visually. Emotionally, this movie offered very little. There is a poetic scene where the main character is walking to see a doctor and a scene where he converses with an undertaker that are great, but those moments were rarities. Most of the movie was stale.[/color][/size][/font]
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