"There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge and wisdom. Shall we instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity and forget the rest." - Bertrand Russell / Albert Einstein
De atmosferas obscuras y asfixiantes, los escenarios mostrados en esta cinta (ubicada en un mundo devastado tras una guerra atomica) resultan ser aun màs escalofriantes que los del Stalker de Andrei Tarkovski. Pese a que la fuerza de las imagenes no encuentran su equivalente en un guiòn de a ratos obvio y redundante, esta opera prima como realizador de Konstantin Lopushanski, resulta una experiencia estremecedora.
"Military reference books are now priceless on the black market, because of thick hard covers and natural paper pages. They produce a good heat output in autonomous heating systems. Now we have a different scheme for grading literature."
A stunning, nightmarish and deeply humanistic piece of work, the fact that they manage to create such a vivid, scary and palpable post-apocalyptic vision of the world almost 30 years ago puts current cinema to shame.
A masterclass in sound design, and another confirmation that the mid to late 80's was a golden age in Soviet cinema (Days of Eclipse, Come and See, Is It Easy To Be Young? etc). Clearly inspired by Tarkovsky, but more (black) humour. And not so self imporant as Tarkovsky could be often. Unfortunately still relevant in a new era of anti-Russian hysteria that could lead to something bad. Stunning end sequence.