Expensive trips nowhere, indeed. Loktev's grand scheme--which is essentially a trap, albeit artfully dissembled by an air of apparent looseness and its tourist couple's immersion in estrangement as play--loses some steam after it springs, in a kinda sorta decisive scene that dilates into a long (and longer-seeming) denouement, overselling its understatement while coyly affirming depressing intractabilities of gender.
3/10 - Because nothing of interest happens before or after it, the movie makes you think that the ~3 seconds long turning point is deep. But it really isnt. Its denial of biology is more in line with cheesy romantic chick-flicks than with any drama with serious intentions. The landscape is nice too look at, but not enough to save the day, this wannabe art-film has little to offer other than naivety.
Un filme sumamente pausado y contemplativo, para muchos puede resultar tedioso. La situación de aislamiento interno que vive cada uno de los individuos en contraste con los monumentales paisajes resulta fascinante y es precisamente eso lo que ayuda al ritmo del filme. Una premisa muy sencilla que retrata las relaciones interpersonales y el aislamiento. Buena, aunque la historia podría contarse en un cortometraje.
(little spoiler) Very good sense of rhythm, of when to use silence and dialogue, of how not to sucumb to the clichés of landscape filming. Could be seen as a thesis about how an event can change the balance of relationships, in that dangerous number - a trio. Or maybe this is a extremely subtle (no subcouncious delirium stuff) With Eyes Wide Shut. In any case, it's so much more than a travellers' movie. Great job.
Beautiful people and beautiful landscapes did not make up for how devastatingly boring this film was. The seconds-long turning point in the story doesn't even happen until fifty minutes into this two-hour snooze and even then does not offer a compelling enough catalyst to their relationship's foundation coming into question. Very disappointing.