Siberiade was controversial in the Soviet Union, but it received the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. In the story, the lives of two Siberian families’ lives are chronicled through three generations, beginning with the period just after the turn of the century, and carrying on through the ’60s.
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The one who divides and not get the best part is either a fool or do not have art, says a Portuguese aphorism. But in this film, the best part remained the whole and there is no choice for it, since although several good sequences exist, the all, being so pompous, explanatory and "cosmically demiurgic", is so supposedly "great" and "total " that ultimately result in a long form without soul or discretion.
It is a further Soviet film in which the nation's energy grid punctuates the narrative line. Having said that, I claim that this is one of the most out of joint multi-generational family saga movie I have ever seen. It still offers ghost metaphysics and an exceptional archive footage.
Une immense fresque historique qui commence à l'aube de la Révolution d'Octobre, avec les premiers frémissements de l'ère industrielle, ponctuée par l'incessante recherche pétrolifère. Un grand souffle épique, traverse par un chant humaniste, emprunt de beauté et de lyrisme... www.cinefiches.com
There is a bevy of surprising and powerful poetry laced into the historicity of this film, which is both a sprawling and intimate treatment. It contains images and music that remain forever with me. I cant say much more, for the films is of such scope and complexity, that I wont do it justice. Simply watch it!