Set during World War II’s darkest days, Larisa Shepitko’s The Ascent follows the path of two peasant soldiers, cut off from their troop, who trudge through the snowy backwoods of Belarus seeking refuge among villagers.
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Surely a perfect film? To me anyway. I'm deeply in awe of Shepitko's mastery of the camera. Such an amazing and emotionally rousing use of visual and musical crescendo. Not to mention the powerful and subtle allegory to the telling of Jesus Christ.
Shepitko's final film before her tragic death is a gruelling and overpowering account of courage and cowardice, steeped in religious symbolism and set in the icy wastes of World War II Byelorussia. The film follows two Soviet partisans, separated from their comrades and searching for food, who are eventually captured by the German invaders and must face their fate. A masterpiece so powerful it will haunt me forever..
One of the most powerful war films ever,yet only concerning the harrowing ordeal of two soldiers. The scene with the Russian Nazi investigator and the captured Sotnikov is acting at its most brilliant. Amazing cinematography.
Set in perhaps the bleakest wintry landscape in the history of cinema, this is a harrowing, haunting, and heart-wrenching exploration of war, impending death, and the meaning of conscience. Stunningly powerful and overwhelmingly intense experience--left me speechless.