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A look at life in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Chantal Akerman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chantal Akerman  writer

Produced by
François Le Bayon .... producer
Marilyn Watelet .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Bernard Delville 
Raymond Fromont 
Film Editing by
Claire Atherton 
Agnès Bruckert 
Production Management
Helena Van Dantzig .... production manager
Marilyn Watelet .... production manager
Szymon Zaleski .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Szymon Zaleski .... assistant director
Sound Department
Thomas Gauder .... sound
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Didier Pêcheur .... sound
Etienne Curchod .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Youri Sviridov .... electrician
Valeri Tikohnov .... electrician
Nicolas Zouiev .... camera assistant
Music Department
Natalia Chakhovskaia .... musician: cello
Sonia Wieder-Atherton .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Igor Sladkov .... chauffeur
Other crew
Laurence Bourgeois .... production secretary
Antoinette Lazzaroli .... production secretary
Valentina Mikhailovskaia .... production assistant
Nicolas Orlov .... production assistant
Loudmila Priciajnaia .... production staff

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Also Known As:
"D'Est" - Belgium (original title)
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107 min | Argentina:110 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Fascinating experimental documentary capturing a unique moment in recent history, 4 June 2010
Author: runamokprods from US

This 1993 film by Chantal Akerman resembles some of her best early experimental work from the 1970s, especially 'Hotel Monterey'. This is a truly non-narrative film. Just a series of images from across Russia; often slow, amazingly long tracking shots (probably made from a car, but somehow rock steady), intercut with some long stationary wide angle shots, and shots of people in rooms, clearly staged. There's no dialogue and almost no music, only the incidental sounds of the place being photographed.

The film is clearly a comment on how lost Russia was at that moment in history after communism fell – a lifetime of one ideology was suddenly gone, and nothing new had yet taking it's place. We see it in the faces - every person looks like they're waiting for something. The only problem for me was the length. At 110 minutes both images and ideas, terrific though they were, started to feel repetitive. That said, I'd gladly re-visit and see if a second viewing, knowing now what the style of the film is, would be easier to settle into, and get lost in.

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