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This doc gets so close to the action that your eyes will sting from the burning tyre smoke.
"Maidan" is a film of scale and immediacy, finding artistry, for better or worse, in bearing witness.
In contrast with most documentaries made in the wake of an historic event, "Maidan" will last beyond the current Ukrainian upheaval to stand as compelling witness and a model response to a seminal moment too fresh to be fully processed.
Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan harkens back to the heroic, journalistic roots of documentary-making and yet feels ineffably modern and formally daring.
Easily the most rigorous, vital, and powerful movie of 2014, Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan may be a perfect Bazinian cinema-machine - reality is captured, crystallized, honored for its organic complexity, and delivered unpoisoned by exposition or emphasis.
Arguably, no other film so powerfully conveys the spirit of collective action and a sense of individuals dedicating themselves to a larger cause.
Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan is a film that achieves a visceral sense of immediacy by keeping its distance.
It's profoundly affecting, eerie and, at times, strangely beautiful.
Loznitsa offers something that these days is rare and precious: close-up coverage of history in the making that doesn't have "breaking news" ribbons or network logos plastered all over it.
One of this film's many intriguing aspects is the emphasis it places on the continuation of ordinary, busy, trivial life in the midst of a crisis -- as well as the adrenalised, carnival atmosphere that can accompany one.
Belarusian director Sergei Loznitsa returns to his documentary roots for this mesmerising account of the events that transformed the Ukraine between November 2013 and February 2014.
Courageous and indelible account and an invaluable perspective of the protests.
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