In the Siberian forest, away from any civilization, a feud is brewing between two opposing families whose houses are separated by a river. In the middle of the river stands an island where the kids of the two families are meeting on their own…
A prominent figure in the art world, Clément Cogitore has quickly established himself as a cinematic voice after this Lynchian take on a Montague/Capulet-style battle between two families. This non-fiction tale of life in the wilderness is a lesson in cinematic tension and blood-freezing atmosphere.
The isolated setting of this film is very interesting and reveals a unique lifestyle of two feuding families. The hunting scenes were engaging and showed how primitive these families are. The children of these families are very independent and responsible making it engaging. However, beyond that there isn't much action regarding the interaction between the two families. The film is made up of all very similar shots.
fascinating. informative glimpses & soundbites like this on life around the globe are essentially important, but I'm afraid nothing will change. there's not a corner of this planet that isn't for the taking or leave those that make it home get on with life in there own way. they're even vacating the amazon to let the prospectors move in.
Interesting wild setting and a documentary method very close to its subject reminding me of Minervini. Nature in Siberia is stunning, some of the foggy images here are beautiful. The style is personal, Cogitore edites his footages with flashs of nature and faces and blacks in between scenes. It is a documentary with a clear trademark. I find it fair and brave to have left it with 49 mn without trying to stretch it.
3rd film on Mubi this week with the cruel killing animals scenes.
First two: "Still The Water" and "The Wakhan Front". Mubi what's up with you? I am really scared to watch next "film of the day" now. P.S. I'm Russian. And I am always exciting how foreign filmmakers are portraying my country and its habitants. Especially when it's versatile and consists of attempts to understand our culture and people. Good job!
We definitely need more documentaries on the diversity of civilizations on human earth. A look into the fragility of a community in Siberian taiga existing in parallel to modern society. Although could have been developed in more depth.