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As a true gem of Russian cinema, Okraina is the blackest of all black comedies.
In current times,the merits and strengths of Russian cinema are properly assessed only by those foreign critics and viewers who have also evaluated the artistic brilliance of other national cinemas.It is important to know that this trend is happening at a time when for some peculiar reasons Russian audiences have started to ignore the heritage of their own domestic cinema in order to appreciate films from different types of dead woods namely Bollywood and Hollywood.This small review is an earnest attempt to discuss the greatness of Russian cinema.Apart from water,land is recognized as one of the most recognizable universal concepts.As a film, Pyotr Lutsik's Okraina is based on the universal theme of land but chooses to depict an oddball case of land grabbing and its consequences on hapless peasants.This might appear simple to digest but Okraina is absolutely impossible to pigeonhole.Blackest of all black comedies would be the nearest brief plausible description of this film.The film's TOUR DE FORCE consists of some violent scenes which have an absolutely surreal charm.For example- proper attention must be paid to a scene wherein a man disappears in thin air under the ice to reappear after some time from the other side.The film is replete with several humorous scenes of this kind which shock the viewer in a positive sense.It is for this reason that an astute viewer has to marvel at indefatigable efforts by director Pyotr Lutsik who teamed up with his screenwriter colleague late Aleksei Samoryadov(1962-1994).Lastly a word of advice from film critic Mr.Lalit Rao-If a viewer has appreciated this film then the next best step would be to watch Boris Barnet's original Okraina which is considered as one of Russian cinema's greatest classics.
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