Filmmaker | Thesp.
Cut away a good 30-45min of lingering closeups, awkward silences and filler conversation from the version that was shown at Cannes and this film will be much more likely to keep audiences until the end - because there’s plenty of good stuff in there, but the extreme length sucked all the enjoyment out of the overall experience.
Madness. Sheer folly - I assume the aim was not to tackle any stereotype of Russians being violent, depressed, racist alcoholics, for if so it failed miserably. Perhaps it’s all symbolic, but for me it was extremely hard to follow as the film jumps constantly between reality, fantasy, present and past. The seemingly unmotivated leaps between storylines with the weakest of links were highly disorienting, with arbitrary, formulaic colour palette & aspect ratio changes to differentiate them not enough to clarify…