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31 Ratings

Core of the World

Сердце мира

Directed by Natalya Meschaninova
Russia, Lithuania, 2018


Egor is a vet at a training facility for hunting dogs. He lives in a small building next to the house of the facility’s owner. Egor is willing to take on any job to get closer to the facility’s owner and his near and dear. He wants the impossible – to become a member of that family.

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Core of the World Directed by Natalya Meschaninova
Only after a while does it become clear that the veterinarian is an emotionally disturbed sociopath who devotes himself to animals to avoid getting close to people. Meshchaninova doesn’t have much to say about the character apart from this; once she reveals his true nature, the film doesn’t really have anywhere to go.
October 09, 2018
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Superbly acted by a cast that also intrepidly deals at close quarters with some unpredictable animal life, Core of the World can be read as a parable about the fragility of human empathy under pressure.
September 25, 2018
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Through the contrast of these very different world views, the script by Meshchanivova, in collaboration with Devonin and Boris Khlebnikov (who wrote and directed Arrhythmia and A Long and Happy Life), builds up a rather dark, Hobbesian view of the nasty, brutish and short nature of existence, even if there’s some balm to be had from moments of affection between creatures, either of the same or different species.
September 23, 2018
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