What does it mean to stay human in the face of brutality coming from all sides? Sometimes it means staying in the grey fog and alienated even from your close ones. And paying an unbearable price. A dark, tragic tale driven by silence. Another masterful work from Loznitsa.
I always have a problem with those who believe a film should/could have been 'shorter". Really? How so? What would you have left on the editing floor? Shots too long? Based on what? Dialogue too slow? This is no screwball comedy filled with fast-paced snappy come-backs. The film is perfect as is - exquisite cinematography, well developed characters, a vision of the "quiet" side of war that is seldom told. Mesmerizing
Shot with an enviable attention to detail, colour and atmosphere the film is a very visually memorable tale of honour and morality. It did however drag in its editing. The overtly long shots and slow dialogue do not contribute to the tone but rather muddle the story with unnecessary lethargy.
Very good. It's a war movie generally speaking, however the main focus is people and how the war affects them. It shows the tragedy of people who are not on the front line, who are not involved ideologically and how dirty and far from heroism war can be. It's a film about human nature, morality and survival. Definitely worth watching.
Loznitsa invites us to look at ourselves introspectively through this subtle and accomplished wartime tale. It is in times of peril where morals and mettles are tested with full rigour. And it is in times of despair, when the fog blurs our souls and hopes, when true men are true to themselves even against their own survival instincts. This film is a superb hymn to that element of human dignity that makes us sacred.
The social normality of horror. A man comes to kill another, and exchanges politenesses with his family. He can't kill his intended at the family house because of social niceties. And so it goes. The intended is allowed to choose his own place of execution. The coward can only be a coward in secret. The judgement of society is the pain. The cattle trucks of people are just life. Brilliant and beautiful.
If you are ready for some philosophical deliberations, this is the right film for you. Set during second world war in Belarus under German occupation, the question is whether honourable death or dishonourable life is dearer. Nice story but I would have expected more cinematography.