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The story takes place in a country about which we know nothing: a country of snow and dense forests somewhere in the North. A family lives in an isolated house near a lake. Alexi, the ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Dmitriy Kubasov Dmitriy Kubasov ... Alexi
Natálie Rehorová Natálie Rehorová ... Hege
Aleksey Solonchev Aleksey Solonchev ... Jurgen (as Alexei Solonchev)
Simona Huelsemann Simona Huelsemann ... Liv
Vitaliy Kishchenko ... Christian (as Vitaly Kishchenko)
Arthur Semay Arthur Semay ... Johannes
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The story takes place in a country about which we know nothing: a country of snow and dense forests somewhere in the North. A family lives in an isolated house near a lake. Alexi, the brother, is a young man with pure heart. A woodcutter. An ecstatic, prey to epileptic fits, he is entirely opened to the nature that surrounds him. Alexi is terribly close to his younger sister, Hege. Their blind mother, their father and their little brother are the silent witnesses to their overwhelming love. A stranger arrives, a young man barely older that Alexi... Written by Anonymous

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Shellac [France]

Country:

France

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French

Release Date:

18 March 2009 (France) See more »

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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A Film of a Winter's Mind - Perhaps
18 April 2009 | by madsbsSee all my reviews

This picture is thought provoking, but not too interesting when first you shake off the tense mood of the movie created by an extensive use of hand-held, non-focus/focus combinations, close-ups, intense darkness, cold whiteness and sparse saturation.

It sets out in an frozen, timeless universe of the deep mountains, an isolated place, the only connection to a possible outside world (never exposed) being a lake.

Form the beginning the movie makes itself prone to numerous sorts of psychoanalytical interpretation frames (and, indeed, to possibilities for over-interpretation): the fight of the super-ego against ego and id, liberation of the id, completion of the sexual self, mother complexes, father complexes, and so forth.

This psychological is not necessarily a strength, but possibly a necessity for the plot to work. We are talking topics like quasi-incestuous relations, possible schizophrenia, the fear of the unknown ways of adult life and so on.

Altogether, this movie is overloaded with symbolic possibilities, but the cinematic work is excellently simplistic. For those who have the patience to take in the seriously slow pace of the film, it is well worth the inevitable annoyance.


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