But none of this really detracts from the mesmerising inward force and beauty of a highly mature and intelligent film. Cannes Film Festival press conference. The only relationship which works comfortably in the film - that between the two brothers Mark and Alexander - relies on a near-psychic link between the pair which renders their silence irrelevant, and ironically it is the certitude of this sibling relationship which triggers the tragic time-bomb which the second half of the film explains. When the virtual and the real characters almost coincide, I know I've found my actor. No the least bit pretentious and an open window to how other people's logic differs from our own.
Alex falls asleep in his car outside the house and is awoken by Robert who invites him in. But above all, it is his central theme: the corrosive nature of silence, leading to the breakdown of relationships whether between husband and wife, parents and children, friends and colleagues which is worked through with powerful effect. Joseph sold to slavery by his own brothers after their father Isaac sent him to check up on them. After the abortion Vera commits suicide by overdosing on pain relieving medication. The film received mixed reviews from critics. Archived from on 6 May 2009.
Archived from on 6 May 2009. Buy it, see it, though. This article needs attention from an expert on the subject. Although the characters speak in Russian, there is no indication that the film is set in Russia. Alex concludes that Robert is the baby's father. The film is not your usual dramatic affair where issues are resolved and attended to at the end of the day.
Mark recovers and in the following days, Alex brings his wife Vera and two children for a trip to his childhood home in the countryside. But what distinguishes this film from the rest are the spatial and temporal displacements which add greatly to the feeling of unease and alienation. Violence erupts when Alex is faced with a moral choice - to forgive Vera and live down his humiliation or to punish her with the help of his mob brother. Alex returns to the city alone and goes to Robert's house with the intention of killing him. However, this picture of paradise will be shattered when Vera reveals to Alex she is pregnant with a child that is not his. All users should delete the content as soon as they view it.
The outward narrative is perhaps too reliant on implausible coincidences and melodramatic gambits. Blog owners hold no responsibility for any illegal usage of the content. Please add a reason or a talk parameter to this template to explain the issue with the article. Agony ensues as Alex attempts to figure out how best to react. The country and the city remain unnamed as in another inward drama - Bergman's 'The Silence' In short, we are deliberately drawn away from the real world towards the claustrophobic tragedy that patiently unfolds in this remarkable film.
This is one heavy viewing experience which may turn off the casual audience. All the rights are reserved to the audio company. Ah, such is the power of film. This follows descriptions of various sexual offenses. Finnish bank notes were altered to make them look more abstract and a French sign was digitally removed in post-production. The positive comments of others are shrewd and perceptive, and this is a film I'm glad to have seen, not least for Marie Bonnevie's wonderful, haunting performance as Vera. Melkumian loved 's The Laughing Matter and spent ten years adapting the novel.
Archived from on 6 May 2009. You see, this film is directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, who stunned him with the intensely absorbing The Return 2003. His ability to coax extraordinary depth from his actors is just as strongly in evidence as it was in that début feature. So I spend a long time finding exactly the right people. Archived from on 22 June 2010.
The film's screenplay was presented to Zvyagintsev by Artyom Melkumian, an Armenian friend of his who worked as a television cameraman. The powerful cinematography will leave you breathless — the sparse landscapes, the towering silhouettes of the tall trees, the forlorn reflections in the rain puddles and many other memorable well composed shots are examples which illustrate how intelligent Zvyagintsev is as a visual storyteller. Alex and Mark rush the funeral formalities as gossip spreads quickly in the countryside. Proclamation to expel the Israelites from the land if they fail to adhere to the ideology of the book of Leviticus. Everyday objects such as cars and interior furnishings seem to suggest different periods in which the film is set. The film cuts to a of the time Robert came to Alex's home while he was away.
A shot involving a donkey which only lasts several seconds on screen took the crew half a day to film and used three cans of film. Please support the composers by buying their records and releases! And they brought Joseph into Egypt. The story of Lot is told in the. In fact it was filmed in several Northern European countries, and the sublime desolate industrial cityscape was filmed in Charleroi, Belgium shades of Simenon here. But reverence for this striking director should not be allowed to cloud one's judgment: this movie is simply too slow, and discrete editing could have brought this down from 146 to 120 minutes and done no harm to the statuesque quality of the drama and its stunning photography. Archived from on 6 May 2009. Archived from on 6 May 2009.
Archived from on 6 May 2009. In the end, Alex forces Vera to have an abortion hoping they will be able to re-build their relationship and save their marriage once this unborn baby is out of the way. The symbolism can be heavy-handed in a way that Tarkovsky, for one, would never have settled for. Afterwards, the water is depleted, and Hagar sits down to die. The next day, Vera finds out she is pregnant and confides with Robert, revealing that she never had an affair and that the baby was in fact Alex's, even though she says it felt like it wasn't his as they hardly ever talk. I think this is a wonderful film in an alien to me at least landscape and when I get over the first viewing I will no doubt dip into again possibly many times.