When war is called peace, when propaganda is uttered as truth, when hatred is declared to be love, then life itself begins to resemble death. In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside mass scale robberies perpetrated by gangs.
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Great film about one of the versions of the truth behind youtube videos that has transformed random documentation into memorable art.
I was fascinated by the 'cold mind' of Loznitsa telling us this story.
Genius directing. Exaggeration of Loznitsa has a new breath here after "A Gentle Creature", but I didn't really like how he has shown those people making them small in front of the director. Because of the fact that it was made based on docu and youtube videos from Donbass, I cannot say it is a fear vision on the situation on the East of Ukraine
As Loznitsa's fiction evolves, he goes past the "Tarkovsky syndrome" and develops a path of his own. The main structural reference here is The Phantom of Liberty, and to apply this device to contemporary Ukraine is a brilliant idea. Some of the skits are wonderful, some are not; and although I admire the meta-comment on the last one, I think the film simply didn't need a grandiose ending.