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18 Ratings

Poem of the Sea

Poema o more

Directed by Yuliya Solntseva
Soviet Union, 1958


A Soviet dam project means that many old Ukrainian villages will end up under water. There are conflicts between the dam engineers and villagers who don’t want to move.

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Poem of the Sea Directed by Yuliya Solntseva

Critics reviews

Poem and the final film in this trilogy, The Enchanted Desna, share a deep love of the Ukrainian landscape — a wonderment at its soft light, its gently rolling hills, its placid waters and its endless fields of blossoms… Both movies are gorgeous, mysterious, mesmerizing — even if, narratively, they sometimes make it hard to maintain your bearings.
August 22, 2017
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Dovzhenko by proxy, a journal of renderings galvanized by Yuliya Solntseva’s own striking eye, an act of resurrection and transformation. John Ford is a great influence, yet the timbre of these serene-volatile visions is purely Ukrainian—a mother’s song suddenly fills a pale field with memories of tanks and explosions, a vengeful father wields a mighty whip that ruptures the screen itself, a swirling soupçon of animation evokes the Tsarist past through children’s eyes.
January 01, 2010
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