This movie left me in a strangely positive feeling, strangely because I'm used to the (usually) cold intellectual trend of 'artsy' movies. The movie seemed to me over-artsy, even somewhat kitchy, which is typical to Litvinova and her teacher Kira Muratova; usually their movies, although pleasing, seldom leave lasting memories, but rather are of a shrug'n'forget type. What is also untypical of this mostly marginal style of modern Russian film-making, the obvious team work, instead of an intellectual exercise of a crazy director/writer. The operator work is interesting here, editing style keeps the moments up quite OK, and the sound track is very innovative ( at least to me, I'm absolutely not into the lounge or dj kind of music ). CG effects sucked though, and the crow vortex and ink cartoons were shamelessly copycat'ed from "Nochnoj Dozor" of this year's dubious fame.
Overall, this is a decent movie, but it is still an artsy one and is probably won't be recommended to majority of film fans. Otherwise, if "Nebo Samolet Devushka", "Tri Istorii", "Pro Urodov I Ludej", are your cup of tea, if you don't mind the author's childish recurrent obsession of death, then you should probably check this movie also.
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