One place. One day. Two men. The place is a polar research station on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean, inhabited now only by Sergei and Pavel. One day when Sergei is out angling, Pavel picks up a radio message that he daren’t communicate…
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Who is to judge what is "realistic" in a situation following two characters completely isolated in the Arctic dealing with tragedy and the meaning of their lives? Though some of Sergei's actions (as well as Pasha's reactions) were strange, perhaps it is years of menial work building up to nothing - a man who can't find meaning in a meaningless job, and that job is his life. Beautiful scenery and simple storytelling.
Beautiful cinematography and the tension builds very nicely for the first half, however I kept thinking how much better it could have been. The reactions of the characters were at times either unbelievable or too abrupt and I think, although I appreciate the slow pace, it could have used a little more substance. There really wasn't a whole lot going on in the movie.
Riveting thriller chronicles lies in betrayal at a remote Russian weather station in the arctic circle. Popogrebsky creates and sustains suspense through minimalist restraint. Taut and well crafted with great pathos
This is one of the best, relatively new, movies of Russian cinematography. There is not so much action, but the acting by the only 2 cast members is nearly perfect. It is a drama on human emotions that makes you reflect - with various feelings for the next few days - on the story involving both harmony and contrast of characters. Simple plot. Deep meaning.
I have to agree with the one reviewer who...and I paraphrase...called this a "bleak but unfulfilling psychological thriller". I've seldom seen a film that so perfectly captures the sense of isolation. My biggest issue was that I could never quite grasp the motivations or mindset of the younger man. Okay, he fucked up by not delivering the message straight off, but he had time to make it right...but he never does.
"HIETS is a merciless contemplation of the fragile human psyche under siege [when] you have only your insecure, frightened inner voice to guide you." - Stephen Holden, NYTimes. A+ cinematography, light, landscape, and acting.
stunning cinematography.редкий случай когда сценарий построен не на событиях а на внутреннем переживании героев. актеры справились великолепно. картина держит тебя в напряжении, очень тяжело предугадать что произойдет в следущую минуту.