i'd rather say that the "growing unexplainable feeling of anxiety and hopelessness" evaporates as the film progresses. it starts tragically, with a russia that looks like a 3rd world country, first appearing as in a dream, but gradually clearing the image simulating the awaking of an individual, of a conscience. people we deem defective are closer to those ideals of cooperation, friendship, contentment with little ..
Loznitsa's visual style remains fascinating and transcendent. There is the sense of alien spaces retrieved from the human past. There is the sense of seeing old thing for the first time. It is sometimes as though we were watching an old daguerreotype come hypnotically to life. THE SETTLEMENT does not have the same precision as his shorter works, however. Enveloping as it is, it is also somewhat formless.
Hypnotic. Transportive, Every sepia frame a still to get lost in. The sound, gaussian-blurred and amplified, as in fog, or a dream. Inducing a state in which sound is liberated from distinct object; object from distinct meaning. A psycho-sensory immersion. The gestalt transcendence that comes from familiarity, from a slow saturation of experience, achieved in just over an hour. The portraits at the end were ecstasy.
On s'approche petit à petit d'un quotidien rural, des corps qui travaillent la terre, qui bougent d'une manière un peu bizarre. Cette approche lente et respectueuse finira par révéler des beaux êtres qui seront sacralisés dans la dernière séquence, qui est d'ailleurs magnifique.
More arduous film work from Loznitsa, with the added bonus of it being feature-length, as opposed to his many shorts. Did nobody ever tell him that just filming scenes with no context/sense of purpose doesn't add up to an actual film?
Die sensible Darstellung der Menschen und die Schönheit der Bilder zieht in ihren Bann.Wo Tier noch dazugehört,....Erstaunlich auch,die handwerklichen Fähigkeiten aus scheinbar längst vergangener Zeit.Härte der Arbeit,Teamgeist,Muße sind hervorragend aufgezeigt.Die Kommentarlosigkeit unterstreicht das Wesen des Films..