A surreal vision of a post-apocalyptic ghost town and its several inhabitants. The lives, dreams and destinies of the characters unfold amidst the grand ruins of once “glorious” Soviet architectural and technological achievements in a semi-abandoned mining town of Chiatura.
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A highly absorbing documentary that explores in mute and dystopian style the debris of a mining ghost town. At its best, the film provides some exquisite imagery of the plain fields, the derelict buildings, and the overhead shots of the town. The few inhabitants' lives, mundane and often quasi-surreal as in the two teenage runners, are explored with less poetry and diminish an otherwise good film's unique vision.