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Pic's balance of emotional truth in the hands of a talented cast and charged by Medencevic's lensing and Kiril Dzajkovski's powerfully moody score, reps a bold step forward for Balkan cinema.
It is an impressionistic, sometimes fascinating, sometimes frustrating, window into a culture and country that was long walled off from the West.
All of it, Chingo and Trajkov suggest, goes into shaping a Macedonian national identity uneasily poised between religious longing and ideological resolve.
You leave this film intrigued by its aspiration and not likely to forget the world it's introduced you to.
The Great Water is ultimately about the indomitability of faith, and the Christian symbolism is laid on thick.
Macedonian blockbuster is more successful as a technical accomplishment than as an engaging narrative.
The cinematic version should have focused on the strength of the orphans' tales, without wasting time with story framing.
The Great Water's greatest value is its depiction of a society that was as savagely committed to a false idea as its neighbor nations, but that somehow moved back toward reality -- and humanity -- before the Iron Curtain fell.
The atmosphere of doom and dark destiny is superbly rendered by cinematographer Suki Medencevic whose imagery can only be described as brilliant.
Trajkov's conceit of periodically positioning the elderly Lem as a witness to his misbegotten youth, however, is a distraction, simply because it belongs entirely to Bergman.
Excellent performances by the boys keep you captivated, but by seeing only the beginning and the end of Kekenovski's life, you feel like you're missing a rather interesting middle.
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