1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
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1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege - one of the worst in history - is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. 26-year-old Kantemir Balagov follows TESNOTA, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, with a powerful period drama.
Truly something i will seek out and watch again. There are scenes where the audience holds its breath and begins to breathe again when the characters move beyond the constraint. The actions and reactions are so informed by the preceding involvement of women in wartime. None of the relationships can be restarted without having been shifted by violence and uncertainty. But the players are trying to reframe the conventions of life outside conflict. The range of emotions that flow across their faces is astounding. Brilliant performances against a palette of red and green where each scene is a painting.
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