Official submission of Ukraine for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »
it is no laughing matter
I was stunned for most of this. I knew about a plane being shot down and Crimea being taken by the Russians and that there was some sort of ongoing conflict but I was not prepared for this. Described somewhere as a black comedy but I didn't find myself even smiling. There may be a ridiculous element to the Kafkaesque madness depicted here but it is no laughing matter. I note that the director is mainly known for documentaries and this certainly plays like one as we are thrust amidst the craziness as good is described as bad, theft as a donation and killing and maiming for fun as loyalty and an expression of love for the motherland, or fatherland or whatever horrible nastiness underlies these crimes. I think I maybe gained a little more awareness of what might be going on as Russians and Ukrainians and Ukrainians who speak Russian and perhaps prefer Russia to Ukraine prefer to play war games than live their life. This may not have particularly clarified everything for me but I was immensely impressed by the way the film had been made and constructed and how a busy, even chaotic scene one minute could lead to a prolonged and static shot the next, leaving to ponder just what was happening and for goodness sake why!
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