Ilana, 24, works in her father’s garage to help make ends meet. One evening, family and friends gather to celebrate the betrothal of his younger brother David. In the night, David and his fiancée are kidnapped and a ransom is demanded.
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As strong a debut as I have seen this decade. In one sense a cloistered and very local investigation of the effects of alienation on the Russian Jewish diaspora, and on another level a very expansive statement on Russian history. This is a movie at once astringent and bursting w/ life and colour. Its implications end up being (as they must) spiritual. Ever a fan of 1.33/1, I am in love w/ these compositions.
complex story with open ending. many topics, but everything look realistic, especially when you try to read dramaturgy in colours, understand the worlds of main characters through the conflict of colors
Un premier long métrage slave, d'un jeune metteur en scène passé par l'enseignement d'Alexandre Sokourov, qui d'emblée s'inscrit dans une présence narrative souvent époustouflante, qu'une magistrale interprétation de l'actrice principale sous-tend et perpétue en intensité et conviction, dans une diffuse mais permanente densité émotionnelle qui infuse et contamine insidieusement le spectateur. www.cinefiches.com
Bleak but very strong debut from a young director, which is unfortunately marred by an unwarranted use of images of real-life violence, which devalues the horrors of conflicts in the region that is covered by the movie.