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385 Ratings


Directed by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy
Russia, 2005
Avant-Garde, Drama


Midnight, Moscow. Three strangers gather at a seedy bar. Each of them has their own strange story to tell. As the trio gets acquainted it becomes unclear whose story is true and whose is false. Soon the stories fall away and the film turns into the most surreal, haunting story of them all.

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4 Directed by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy

Awards & Festivals

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2005 | 2 wins including: Golden Cactus

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2006 | 2nd place: Best First Feature

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

2005 | 2 wins including: Best Director

European Film Awards

2005 | Nominee: European Discovery of the Year

Critics reviews

A remorseless descent into the subconscious of the vast Russian soul and its stoical flesh, a film of aggressive expressionism in which even the wildest speculation feels vivid enough to be real.
June 27, 2018
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4 addresses the past in a distinctly postmodern way, employing devices and methods that are characteristic of this tendency, including the re-cycling of images, motifs and styles that have accumulated over the years but are now used in a new context and with different functions, creating a distance and tension between ‘then’ and now’ – the questioning of everything that until recently had been perceived as truth, within a broader context that undermines the idea of absolute truth per se.
December 01, 2006
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