It is already a challenge to make a film on death and call it Living. But Sigarev fearlessly gets to the very heart of things, where life, death, God, love and the imagination form an indestructible whole. A harsh and sometimes brutal experience, but catharsis will follow.
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Eschewing the twisted, whimsical touches of 2009's "Volchok", Sigarev this time goes for broke. Perhaps the most troubling films about death are not those that show the suffering of the dead, but instead their resurrected presence in the rebirth of those left behind.