A really heartbreaking story about a war hero coming to terms with being forgotten, a "museum exhibit." Really lively filmmaking, with lots of interesting camera movement and transitions. The central performance by Maya Bulgakova is wonderful. The best part of the film is the feeling of elation/escapism Shepitko evokes in the flying scenes.
Interesante retrato de un aire intimista, muy inusual para el cine soviético. Más allá de la intención por la directora de emprender un filme de corte nacionalista, sobre esta mujer condecorada por glorias de la Segunda Guerra, es la de observar de cerca a una mujer forzándose por ajustarse a una rutina civil. Precisa la escena del museo, vista como pieza histórica. Ya para el final, todo era melancolía.
A masterwork and a great debut. A moving film about nostalgia, changing times/eras, middle age, womanhood, generational and class disputes, and moving from the past. I need to see more of Larisa Shepitko's work. I've only seen one film by her and I can already tell she is a master.
4,5. I repeat myself: extraordinary filmmaker who thinks the images not as the feed of a fiction but as an autonomous structure of thinking and its diegetic driving adequacy, ie, concrete emotions from an autonomy of language. See the first frame: a single shot showing a crowd from the reflection of windows in various levels of this single image. The uno in/of(f) the crowd, like its main character.
The glory of the past fades away, but life moves on. How is one to continue living? This Shepitko explores through a slow careful character study that also analyzes Soviet society obsessed with remembrance and reverence of "The Great Patriot War". The war is gone but what is there in the present or the future for its heroes or for the nation itself? What is there to hang on besides the mythical past?
This was slow going, it reminded me in that regard of Tokyo Story – one of the greatest movies ever made. Many of these foreign films, like baseball, require patience – you must stay through the last inning; in this case, well worth the time. . I wish Larisa had lived longer to make more movies.
Great film. This movie seems to get better and better as you watch it and ends almost perfectly. I couldn't help but feel sympathy for the main character. It is a shame Larisa Shepitko left so early of this world. Her unique style and direction would have certainly produced many great movies.