Thursday, February 3, 2011
Callow youth, Russian style: Popogrebsky's bleak tale of HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER
HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER from Russian writer/director Aleksei Popogrebsky, who back in 2003, gave us the more interesting and less schematic Roads to Koktebel. His new film is visually stunning (that island is something else!) and set so far from civilization and industry that scenery and colors, bleak as they are, read as utterly clear, sharp and true.
Grigory Dobrygin, above, left) seems an energetic, youthful, pleasant enough fellow who alternately resents and is a bit in awe of his co-worker Sergei (Sergei Puskepalis, above, right), who is older, maybe smarter, and has certainly has reams more experience here than newcomer Pasha.
stage direction, exeunt, pursued by a bear. This scene, in fact, leads to the one really bad bit of continuity
/editing, in which coincidence, convenience and filmmaker manipula-tion play a much bigger part than does intelligent plotting. In any case, young Pasha's unremitting refusal to do the decent and hono-rable thing finally left this viewer less than interested in the final outcome -- which, when it arrives, seems also a tad too convenient.
Pavel Kostomarov, a free hand to shoot some award-winning sights.
Film Movement, opens in New York on Friday, February 4, for a week's run at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas before moving on Friday, February 11 to the Cinema Village. It will then open at the San Francisco Film Society on February 25.