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How I Ended This Summer (2010)

Kak ya provyol etim letom (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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One place. One day. Two men. The place is a polar research station on an island in the Arctic Ocean, inhabited now only by Sergei and Pavel. One day when Sergei is out angling, Pavel picks up a radio message that he daren't communicate.
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Cast

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

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... Written by Koktebel Film Company

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How I Ended This Summer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,968, 6 February 2011

Gross USA:

$8,733

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$622,644
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Bad title; great scenery
17 October 2012 | by ronchowSee all my reviews

As some reviewers have pointed out, the title of the film is irrelevant to the story being told. That's problem number one. The other problem I have is the story based on the interaction of two men from two generations is just not very credible. Why would Pavel choose to create all the problems for himself?

Apart from these faults, it is a watchable film. You are treated to some unusual Arctic landscape, and given a taste of what life would be like living in that part of the world, in total isolation from the rest of civilization and conducting repetitive tasks. Even in summer, that part of Arctic can still be harsh and dangerous. The acting by the two actors was pretty solid and camera work good.

So don't get me wrong. This film is still a good example of contemporary Russian cinema, cinema not based on sex, killings, CGI or a fat budget. The difference between the generations - one of duty and devotion to work, and the other less so and distracted by video games and loud music - was well explored. It just could have been a much better human drama if the storyline was more credible.


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