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How I Ended This Summer -- A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere...

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Writer:
Aleksey Popogrebskiy (written by)
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28 January 2011 (USA) See more »
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A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel... See more » | Add synopsis »
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15 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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To tell or not to tell, or How I made one hard decision last summer See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Pavel
Sergey Puskepalis ... Sergey
Igor Chernevich ... Golos po ratsii - Sofronov (voice)
Artyom Tsukanov ... Golos po ratsii - Stas (voice)
Ilya Sobolev ... Golos po ratsii - Volodya (voice)

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Aleksey Popogrebskiy 
 
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Produced by
Roman Borisevich .... producer
Sergey Chliyants .... producer
Mikhail Kolodyazhny .... supervising producer
Aleksandr Kushayev .... producer
Andrey Murtazaliev .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Dmitry Katkhanov  (as Dmitriy Katkhanov)
 
Cinematography by
Pavel Kostomarov 
 
Film Editing by
Ivan Lebedev 
 
Production Design by
Gennady Popov 
 
Costume Design by
Svetlana Mikhaylova 
 
Makeup Department
Natalya Angelova .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Nikolai Alekseyev .... set dresser
Mikhail Durnygin .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Vladimir Golovnitskiy .... supervising sound editor
Ivo Heger .... sound re-recording mixer
Sigitas Motoras .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Kirill Bobrov .... colorist
Kostantin Fiodorov .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Konstantin Blokhin .... lighting technician
Anton Chernyavskiy .... assistant camera
Aleksandr Mazur .... first assistant camera
Aleksandr Rastorguev .... data wrangler
Boris Semyonov .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Aleksandr Rastorguev .... making-of
Iskender Utyushev .... technical coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Kak ya provel etim letom" - Russia (original title)
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130 min
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Sergey Puskepalis lived not far from the filming location for 9 years. He said that this experience "let him merge with the landscape and people at once".See more »

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74 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
To tell or not to tell, or How I made one hard decision last summer, 28 April 2010
Author: trof22 from Barnaul, Russia

"Kak ya provyol etim letom" (Russian title contains intentional misspell-pin and should be read "How I Cheated (somebody) Last Summer", not just this school-like "How I Spent Last Summer", chosen for foreign version) is a Russian psychological drama about two meteorologists, the old, Sergei, and the young, Pavel, who get stuck on an isolated polar station for a regular season work and have to deal with each other ...and the information, that arrives from the "big earth".

Visually and stylistically film is flawless. Cinematography with it's slow-pacing, static long shots and scenic wild nature shots is adorable. Atmosphere, when time seems ticking slower and cold wind awaits for you from another side of the door, is on the good level too. And as a native-speaker, I can say that dialogue-lines are also pretty decent. Polar station as a place is just a cause for examination of human communication (so-called "chemistry") in isolated space. Subject deals with responsibility, instinct of self-preservation, influence of isolated space to human psychics and importance of experience. I don't want to spoil your first-time-watching, so I won't go into plot any further...

Can't name any similarities. Maybe the closest will be: "Breaking the Waves" meets "Gerry" and "Shutter Island" (no delusions here, similarity is geographical) along with Russian "Dikoe Pole" (2008) and maybe even "Kukushka" (2002). Plus some Michael Haneke's style (like from most recently - though black and white - "Das Weisse Band" with it's distant human behavior examination). In my opinion, "Kak ya provyol etim letom" is one of the best Russian movies of the decade (2000-2010) along with Alexei Balabanov's "Gruz 200", "Morfiy" and above-mentioned Alexander Rogozhkin's "Kukushka". And yes, it is way better than Zvyagintsev's pretentious force-fed Tarkovsky-styled issues "Vozvraschenie" & "Izgnanie".

Don't know how soon those of you who don't speak Russian will be available to watch this with subtitles or voice-over...

So, if you're often bored with 2-hour non-action movies - don't bother watching this. Try something more entertaining. But if you're into slow-paced minimalistic psychological dramas, give it a try. You'll be aesthetically rewarded.

8-8,5\10.

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