Three people walked into a bar. Not a joke, but what a yarn! Old women in a village mourn the death of a young woman, their livelihood depended on her. It involved chewing bread into wet spongy paste, with their teethless gums, that she would use to make dolls. Was she one of the discarded clonal twin? (An indescribable film clearly - let's watch it as we anticipate the director's epic human experiment "Dau").
something I agreed with: "Trouble is that everything represents something else, but no one is sure what. Metaphor and Bunuelian bedlam are supposed to somehow make a statement about modern Russia, but what? Film is too introverted, subjective; the surreal becomes pointless, like a private nightmare, cryptic and obscure", yet I kinda loved the trouble and the very ending with its own '4' (as in a certain wall broken)
if you are what you eat, the Russian culture is sifting in the sands. health, hygiene, community grid, what are those things in these bleak settings? it has all been downhill since communism took a powder. anything moving, breathing is fair game for dinner fodder. crass, base, and deliberate, this film revels in their common gutter.
hmmm....pretty mysterious n the surrounding feels so cold n dark....but at the end about that person with the white cap......please dont be misleaded dear audience....Real muslims are very polite to animals....they do not eat carnivorous animals n the pig....n they r only allowed to kill the animal for food in a way that is least painful....
A very mysterious, strange, and hypnotic movie. It was very engaging and interesting at first, and by the second half, it grew increasingly harder to watch. To listen to. The constant wailing of the crones made me about to go insane. the whole atmosphere was claustrophobic .But that's why it's so interesting, and ended up being quite good. It also had many layers, like the dogs vs. Machines.Definitely worth watching.
Casually deranged and as Russian as Russian cinema gets, 4 is nonetheless absolutely its own thing. Director Khrzhanovsky (any relation to Sigizmund?) has clearly read his Bakhtin. His debut is a propulsive, carnivalesque tautology of threes and fours full of convulsive drunken chronotopes. Pretty much a must see.
I was able to completely enjoy this movie by watching it not with my total and utter attention. I think that would have been too much. I watched it while occasionally doing trivial things around the house and drinking wine. It was a complete experience, and I rank it among my all time favourite films. I did not make the Muslim reference mentioned. I will watch it again and pay more attention this time.
This film is definitely brutally surreal. I'll admit, after a while, I found it difficult to watch but that's because the director's vision was so startlingly honest that I was taken aback. I would recommend this cinematic journey to Russia to anyone who doesn't mind diving into a harsh reality.
This might not be a movie for everyone, but I really fell in love with the world that the director Ilia Khrzhanovsky within the film. It is a very bleak, dark and creepy world that is equally surreal, and yet still in so many different ways, it succinctly mirrors the world that we live in.