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  1. abunchoffilms's rating of the film The Ascent

    What is it to be facing death? How as conscious animals do we face our ultimate end? The film seemingly creates a black/white world by utilizing the hero trope but Shepitko's metaphysical exploration of humanity showcases how we exist in a gray world. Elemental and peerless. She truly came before her time.

  2. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film The Ascent

    One of the most vicious portrayal of violence and the effects of war I have seen yet.

  3. Mtume Gant's rating of the film The Ascent

    I saw someone accuse this film of hero porn, suggest if it was Hollywood we would turn our nose at it. The funniest shit is in Hollywood never would these characters exist in this fashion, the "hero" (I guess he was) die without some kind of Braveheart like triumph and the traitor languish in some kind of Chekhovian purgatory as its end. Its SO Russian. I respect the capture of the contradictions of ones "ethics"

  4. Joel Shelton's rating of the film The Ascent

    A mesmerizing, intense, and physically driven piece of war cinema with an atmospheric soundtrack just as harsh as the unrelenting landscape the characters suffer through. People often compare this film to the work of Tarkovsky, while there are similarities, I would say it's more of a precursor to the work of Béla Tarr with how Shepitko utilizes a more contemplative approach to capture austere and bleak imagery.

  5. Jugu Abraham's rating of the film The Ascent

    An important film. But pales in comparison to the parallel Hungarian masterpiece: Zoltan Fabri's "The Fifth Seal" (1976). I suspect director Shepitko had seen that film, as it had won top honours at the Moscow film festival a year before she made this film.

  6. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Ascent

    A very seductive film. Hero porn works this way. Let us NOT praise heroes and martyrs. "[We] perpetuate war by exalting its sacrifices." "We shall never end wars by blaming it on ministers and generals or warmongering imperialists. It's the rest of us who build statues to those generals, and name boulevards after those ministers. The rest of us who make heroes of our dead and shrines of our battlefields."

  7. pomegranate's rating of the film The Ascent

    Sotnikov's like prince Myshkin from 'Idiot'. and music by A. Schnittke is brilliant.

  8. ShawnD's rating of the film The Ascent

    Movies like The Ascent are why I subscribe to Mubi and Filmstruck. I'd never heard of the film, the director or any of the actors. But, I couldn't take my eyes off this movie. It's both searing and sublime, beautiful and ugly. In short, a rare cinematic accomplishment.

  9. pirri's rating of the film The Ascent

  10. Ahmed Abdel Wahhab Hussien's rating of the film The Ascent

    After a very compelling start, the film spent a full hour begging for empathy. Great acting only by Boris Plotnikov (the one who looks like Simon Pegg)

  11. Joel's rating of the film The Ascent

    Starting slow and seemingly straight-forward the final act moves into an atmospheric depth that lingers. The soundtrack echoes the cinematography. A difficult and beautiful journey into darkness.

  12. HSBilly's rating of the film The Ascent

    haunting, very very haunting.

  13. Dignan's rating of the film The Ascent

    Good piece on cowardice.

  14. Jake.Durston's rating of the film The Ascent

    "So then, to the grave - to feed the worms. Right?"

  15. Halil Küçükyıldız's rating of the film The Ascent

    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.

  16. saitosouta's rating of the film The Ascent

    Power of his eyes. Just excellent.

  17. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film The Ascent

    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.

  18. DSPRKY's rating of the film The Ascent

    For some reason, I thought this was a film about airplanes. How wrong I was.

  19. Șean cel Mare's rating of the film The Ascent

    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.

  20. ihor's rating of the film The Ascent

    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.

  21. noice's rating of the film The Ascent

  22. Skygazer's rating of the film The Ascent

    This is a film about eyes in the face of death.

  23. Mr. Dude_o_o's rating of the film The Ascent

  24. AdrianM.'s rating of the film The Ascent

    I was going to give it 4 stars but DAMN the ending was superb!

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