The Ascent ★★★★

Larisa Shepitko's depiction of humanity in the grip of war left me shaken, a shell of my former self! Feeling weak my psyche spent, a truly humbling experience to witness a man Sotnikov (Boris Plotnikov) facing death and do so with such extraordinary grace, integrity and honor!

The tight shots of Sotnikov's face with an almost christ like aura about him was as haunting as it was beautiful!

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