Super interesting way of building the plot and of connecting the post world war and today's Russia. Also a very nice and attentive and way of characterizing the people, showing their faces. Showing hopelessness and desperation and what they turn people into. Curiously could see Bresson's "L'argent" in some scenes.
Stunning view of the impersonality, violence, and hopelessness of the post-Soviet landscape. Limited to non existence narrative while taking the form of a road film exploring rampant societal and human corruption in a deeply a depressed reality. The cinematography equally stunning with a no holds barred depiction of the remains of decaying Soviet infrastructure in an almost documentary style accuracy.
Once again we see the self-righteous "us" against the immoral "them." But any attempt at narrative profundity or even reality in Sergey Loznitsa's MY JOY (2010) is effectively buried beneath the film techniques employed to elicit fear and trembling: will the old man die? Will the girl get raped? Will the mentally ill meet with a violent end? Will the Ukraine's disgruntled all hang themselves in the forest above a
The wasted, stolen Russian life has been a theme since Gogol, and Tarkovsky explored it well in Solaris and Sacrifice. Loznitsa seems to be embroidering on that theme, and though there are effective moments here, I feel like it doesn't quite add up. It will probably have defenders who tend to give experimental directors the benefit of the doubt for being "different." I say, arch and incoherent. But maybe it's me.
visually, the film is pure awesome. I'd been wanting to watch it for ages and it did not disappoint. a few minor issues with the structure and some meandering moments but did I mention how great it all looks?