One of the most five qualified film i've ever seen. Like a hidden treasure. Most important aspect of this film is being filmed by a woman director. The film reflects the feeling about the human, death and war. Those who love cinema art must watch this magnificent film.
How much more pretentious and kitsch can you get than a retelling of Jesus Christ set in WW2 where the Nazis swap the Romans? If this was made in Hollywood, it would have been laughed at, but because it's made in Mother Russia and sort of resembles a Tarkovky film, its been hailed as great. Seriously, people need to get over the so-called Russian Soul bullshit. The performances and small moments redeem it slightly.
One of the greatest war films ever made that deals with the senseless and directionless brutality of war, arbitrary accusation and punishment, stoicism and self-sacrifice in the face of death, martyrdom, selfishness, and so much more. Parallels to Dostoyevski's Alyosha, Christ's death march to Golgotha, and Judas's onset of madness due to guilt, are all fascinatingly portrayed. This film deserves several viewings.
Deeply harrowing. A bit slow to develop, but the eventual climax provides a deep personal exploration of what it is to be a human being. Words are hardly necessary as Sheptiko just allows the camera sharply focused on one individual to explain everything. Klimov's Come and See perhaps takes a grander approach at the societal destruction caused by the war, but Sheptiko explores individual destruction.
I can only be grateful that I still have the chance to see such masterpieces. Very rarely a film hits its target, but this one unmistakably hits bull's eye. Through this film, one can, at the same time, live in a heroic state, martyrdom like, or the so called "life" of a traitor, who's unable either to live or die properly. A total masterpiece.
this is a film about death and the moral freedom of choice in front of it.what i found most interesting was the feeling of lost space, the physical hardness they had to overcome and of course the representation of fear..it reminded me in many aspects of the recent "In the fog" by Loznitsa..going blind ahead for survival.intimate moments of human depth presented in visual poetry.guess this is how a masterpiece is made
woow!! this film was make me happy and make me sad at the same time. I love the handshake camera style that gives you emotional expression from the character. Larisa has learnt so much about the character, in the end somebody will chose his own path. "every man for him self" . The snow made the film has depressed more.