The long-lost father of two Russian brothers suddenly returns home. He proposes a fishing trip to make up for lost time. His effort to impose discipline escalates into an alarming test of strength for the boys.
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That disquietening camera movement and those ominous silences are so effective because they indicate our straying into a deceptively serene and very dangerous world, where the unwary are in constant fear of themselves and the shadows that come out of the forest. Not a film about children at all; rather it concerns the peril of our innocence in a violent world.
many people compares this to tarkovky or bresson's work, well, sure this has astonishing cinematography and super-gorgeous visual image, one of the best of 2000's, but for substance, this is nowhere near tarkovsky or bresson..
It is a brutal coming-of-age for the older of the two sons who follow their father (whom they barely know -- the father in question having been recently released from prison) on "vacation" to a remote island, the "purpose" being that of getting to know each other. Beautiful photography. Also, terrifying.
Mostly disappointing. All the characters seemed shallow and the lack of almost any background aside from a little known father returning left too much to the viewer to the point where there seems to be little reason to care for the characters. Some of the cinematography was interesting but it pails in comparison to the Russian greats.
Mothers nurture. They help us down when the mountain is too tall. The father initiates. They teach us how to stand the weather, how to paddle the water. Bildungsroman, teaching how to live. The boys must pull him until they have arrived, this is the only way his teachings will have been shown to work.