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.
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..
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.
An extraordinary film, in which any conventional, corporeal "war film" heroics are quickly discarded; what follows is a purely metaphysical exploration of cowardice, fear and guilt, as if the characters have died and are living in a purgatorial world, where the only possible salvation is that of their souls. Analogies to the tale of Christ and Judas abound, but its greatness is owed to peerless direction and acting.