The last collaboration of Artavazd Peleshian and cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov is a film-essay about Armenia's shepherds, about the contradiction and the harmony between man and nature, scored to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
A man paves his own way to his own soul through an intellectual quest, tragedies of nations and personal drama. The road moving through the cosmic distances is a flight into one's internal ... See full summary »
In expressive, melodic tones, the fraternal pair debate God's true message and intent for His creations, a conflict that leads their followers - in extravagantly choreographed song and dance - towards chaos and sin.
Minimum expression, maximum effect, great montage!
This film is some kind of a Revelation. Quite simple, but ultimately strict structure of the film is dedicated to one clear concept: Life is short, you are send somewhere you can never know,while you are wasting your life, and the End will come suddenly, no one can escape from the death and the judgment of God. Amazingly enough, this film is made up of the most ordinary images, that can be seen anywhere in the world, if the railway goes among the rocky mountains,if the passengers are from various nationalities. In fact, the film was shot in Armenia, the motherland of the director, but here it is not so important, unlike in his other films,for example, "Four Seasons". All the images, shot in black and white, are "real", without any special effect, sometimes by trembling handy camera,but they are all under strict control of the author. Namely, he knew exactly what must be shot and how they must be composed.
This film must be seen. Any attempt to analyze it is vain, because it contains minimum components,which can have meanings only by the magic of montage by the Master.
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