An unusual film well integrated in the indiscernibility of some Russian cinema, more idiosyncratic and cryptic, like Tarkovsky's "Zerkalo" and some Sokurov movies, from who, above all, this film is debtor. Intercalating a few moments of a visionary construction with a few clear symbolic dispersion, this is a film that we conquest when we lose it.
By turns horrifying, perplexing and impenetrable. On the surface, synoptic level, mention can be made of Dedovshchina and repressed (mainly gay) sexuality, but that doesn't cover it. It seems to be the telling of the Soviet Union's imminent collapse and with it the end of certainty and order, of the crumbling of a whole world of presumptions, and the reaching towards a secret langauge that can express the disaster.