The film begins on the eve of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. When three 18-year-old students at a prestigious University - Mika (Alexander Vedmensky), Kit (Ilya Glinnikov), and Swift (... See full summary »
deserves a stand out for the quality of its script and its ensemble playing...
Very well made character driven movie. Through its shifting kaleidoscopic treatment of character and situations, the film addresses the viewer by introducing another dimension of history and memory that presses against habituation. As for being a conventional psychological drama that highlights the sources of hidden family disfunctions, the film works against assigning the sources of conflict to individuals in the family. The plot turns don't seem to be typical because of the multiple, interwoven layers and images which are not always apparent on first viewing. In its focus on temporality, on the body, and on vision, the film strives to attain what Gilles Deleuze has described as a cinema of brain and thought. This type of cinema functions as the time-image, whereby it works with and against clichés.
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