A contemplative ode to the home. The home as a centre of everyday routine and relationships. The home with all it’s comings and goings. The home as a centre of unions and separations. The home as a centre of life that shelters its inhabitants from a wedding, a funeral, fireworks… Each character who lives, passes, enters or leaves the home, each room plays it’s own role. –Cannes Film Festival
Šarūnas BARTAS (1964-) – Lithuanian film director, one of the most outstanding representatives of cinematographers. His contacts with cinema began in 1985 with the TV serial “Sixteen-years-olds” (dir. Raimondas Banionis), where Bartas played one of the main roles. He is a graduate of the Moscow Film School (VGIK). He made his directorial debut with his diploma film, the short documentary “Tofolaria” and mediocre-length film (which called spectators’ attention) “For the Remembrance of Last Day” (1989), where the real personages are “acting themselves” according to the principles of feature film. The author further “purified” the specific cinema language in the full-length film “Three Days” (1991), which was awarded the prize of oicumene committee at Berlin Film Festival (for the problems, the importance of the theme, the profundity) in 1992, and FIPRESCI Prize for the originality of the style, the significance of the theme, the beauty of pictures. This is a story (almost without plot… read more
Pretty easy to see where Leos Carax gets a lot of is influence for 'Pola X' with this film. I didn't find it as engaging as Bartas's previous efforts but maybe that's because I felt like the others had more richness in the context of post-soviet eastern European conditions. The homage references to Tarkovsky as usual are done with the utmost respect and doesn't feel like he is blatantly lifting off of him.
A beautiful and fragile series of images. I'm going to revisit this, as I believe that there is more to discover and understand.