At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own
- 1h 37min
Set during the Civil War between the Reds and the Whites that followed the 1917 revolution in RussiaSet during the Civil War between the Reds and the Whites that followed the 1917 revolution in RussiaSet during the Civil War between the Reds and the Whites that followed the 1917 revolution in Russia
The scenes which represent Brylov's dreaming are quite funny and strange. Brylov's manners are ridiculous and weird too: he looks like a man out of this world, a loony criminal with "refined taste".
I cannot compare it to any other movie. It's done in a very unique way (hectic bizarre clipping, grainy picture mixed with fine colour scheme, freaking behaviour of the baddies and goodies, deep adult emotions flavoured by some childish spontaneity all through the film, erratic close-ups of the characters blended into the picturesque shots of wide valleys, etc.). "Beloe solntse pustyni" (1970) was completely different and to say the truth I never liked it much. As to this one, it's the only Nikita Mikhalkov's movie I really enjoy.
It's a festival of human emotions without unnecessary scenes (sex, bloody brawls, endless gunfighting) so frequent in action cinema. An action film can be like this: humane, captivating, tough, and emotional. Even a small child can see it and enjoy, learning a lesson or two about life...
If only it were in widescreen... Still, 10 out of 10. Thanks for attention.
- Jul 8, 2009