Spring has come to Pripyat, a town of 50,000 in the Ukraine countryside. On April 25, 1986, little Valery plants an apple tree with the help of his father Alexei, a scientist. Anya and Piotr celebrate their marriage with friends and relatives. An explosion in the nearby nuclear plant in Chernobyl, followed by heavy rain showers, shakes the local community that, oblivious of the dangers, is evacuated only four days later. Piotr takes part in the fire fighters’ operations. Ten years later, in an apocalyptic scenario, Anya returns to the deserted places as a tour guide. Piotr never went back home. Alexei is missing. Valery, now a young man, searches for his stolen past. For all the survivors, nothing will ever be the same. –Venice Critics’ Week
strong subject! not very subtle i have to admit, but quite (very) touching. (and olga is lovely <3)
FNC '11 Excellent film first telling the story of a wedding in Pripyat the day of the Chernobyl disaster than jumping ten years looking at those left behind in the 20 km radius of deserted lands and cities. Lead actress Olga Kurylenko is wonderful here as is the winter cinematography by Arvanitis (summer half shot by another dp). Looses its momentum towards the end but well worth seeing.