A series of odd coincidences has left Lukas, an interpreter for an OSCE military checkpoint inspection tour, stranded near a small southern Ukrainian steppe town. With nowhere to turn, this city boy finds shelter at the home of a colorful local named Vova.
Ukrainian director Roman Bondarchuk has leapt to his fictional debut with an arresting eye and unpredictable story. A mordant, semi-surreal comedy as much skewering international intervention into his war-torn country as it does idiosyncratic citizens, it boldly mixes the political with the comical.
4.5. I was reminded of the Romanian film, Tales from the Golden Age, in how this absurdist film could only have been wrought from the realities of the area of southern Ukraine depicted, as Tales is peculiar Communist-era Romania. Yet it transcends this particularity as a brilliantly realized existential comedy and a disturbing look at the uncertain chaos left in the wake of war.
A weirdly droll account of a wandering OSCE worker who becomes lost in the region of Ukraine closest to the Crimea. It’s highly resonant with local imagery and the intersection between traditional and modern culture in the debatable lands which are subject to Russian incursions and exist in a kind of limbo. The overall effect is utterly disorientating and one ends up almost as discombobulated as the protagonist.
Más que tonos cómicos, me parece que se nos plantea una situación kafkiana. Hay también un abordaje semi-documental, y muy visual, sobre el desorden social en Ucrania y la incapacidad de los organismos internacionales para resolverlo. El final de la trama me parece enigmático.
Un joven que trabaja para la OSCE (organismo que busca seguridad y cooperación) queda varado en Ucrania y se encuentra con un mundo sin ley ni sentido, opuesto a la idea que él tiene de Europa. Lo malo es que tarda demasiado en exponer este mundo y en transformarse, aprendiendo que hay distintas formas de vivir y que la gente echa raíces y no piensa en cambiar su situación. Además, el tono se siente incongruente.
I loved this . As a total outsider I don’t pretend to get all the subtleties about postwar life in Ukraine- but I sat riveted from beginning to end through the understated delivery of this beautifully shot film.
conference takes place today in Paris to stop Russia. this movie cries for ending it. Ukraine has no interest in the US, the term US never comes up, while Germany, France, Europe repeat. A metaphor for the effects of war, the film succeeds in volumes. A heart torn depiction, capped off by the town under water. Some know the result of this week’s try to stop the war, I’m sure this movie will not be part of it.