An interesting adaptation of an American novel by a Russian filmmaker. I recalled Polanski's "Knife In The Water" and Phillip Noyce's "Dead Calm" - their minimal casts and harrowing natural settings obviously influenced by earlier works of this sort (albeit without the ever-present moral dimension of this film). Intense, sad, and hopeful all at the same time, I'll be on the lookout for the name Lev Kuleshov.
Lev Kuleshov directs this silent adaptation of Jack London's story, "The Unexpected," about 5 prospectors in the Yukon whose isolation leads to madness and eventually murder. Surprisingly mundane, the film lacks the bite one would expect from the subject matter, and the modern score by Robert Israel never seems to fit the gravity of the film. Kuleshov, for me, ranks below his students as a director.