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16 Ratings

The Enchanted Desna

Zacharovannaya desna

Directed by Yuliya Solntseva
Soviet Union, 1964


The Enchanted Desna describes a Ukrainian village in the early 1900s as an extended parenthetical flashback between vistas of the modern dam that replaces it.

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The Enchanted Desna
Directed by Yuliya Solntseva

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  • răpciune's rating of the film The Enchanted Desna

    Not starry-eyed magic realism, but certain situations reach a hee-hawing wildness. Not even close to the CGI era, but tell me what you think about that cart riding in the night. And this tenderness of recollection, the thought that life was bitterly charming then as it is now, this way of assuming the plurality of fair worlds and the ‘equality of traditions’ – pre- and communist, more Feyerabend than Marx (the pebble