Wow- so unexpected. A brilliantly shot and acted Russian psychological sci-fi?? So glad I took the plunge on this one... Was mesmerized by the graphite area of youth and trying to tease out the effects - whether good or ill on our main characters, a bunch of spoiled affluent bourgeoisie who got more than they bargained for on a lark. Loved the descent into squalor and fervor. Smart, jaded and fun. Thanks MUBI.
Hard science fiction - dealing with reverse aging and the real issues of the discovery of an astrophysics particle detector in the vast siberian desert that somehow sends you emotionally and physically on a journey that drives you toward something like youth and lost sanity but to others to a greater awareness of span of life, time, and love although for some reason the dune buggy traffic sequences pissed me off.
As we get older do we forgot how to enjoy ourselves? More importantly, what do you do when the happiness wears off? I think we're supposed to eat the rich because they clearly have no clue how to live their lives.
Filled with a lot of really fascinating ideas and concepts that just aren't backed up. Large spans of absolutely nothing, which could be forgiven if it weren't for the nonchalant violence, both physical and sexual, that seems to have no reason for being there either.
What a strange and strangely fascinating film. I was drawn in immediately and stayed there throughout. The best of Russian cinema is always a journey and an exploration. You either go along for the ride, making discoveries as you go or you leave. The film doesn't really care one way or the other...but those who stay are always rewarded for their efforts.