Brother ★★★

Brat (Brother) is a disconcerting mix of depressing Russian desolation and estrangingly stoic performances, larded with oddly uplifting music. I can't really decide what to think of it. It feels a bit like a Russian Tarantino satire, but it's too somber and matter-of-factly to be effective as a story with a humorous wink. In conclusion, the unusual Russian film style kind of fascinated me, but I don't feel compelled to watch the sequel.