How I ended this summer

How I ended this summer

DVD - 2011 | Russian
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On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his fifties, takes his job very seriously. His new partner, bright-eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player and video games to avoid Sergei's imposing presence. One day while Sergei is out, inexperienced Pavel receives terrible news for Sergei from HQ. When the truth is revealed, the consequences explode.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Movement, 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Credits: Music, Dmitriy Katkhanov ; editor, Ivan Lebedev ; director of photography, Pavel Kostomarov ; editor, Ivan Lebedev
Performers: Grigory Dobrygin and Sergei Puskepalis.
Language Note: Russian dialogue; English subtitles
UPC: 616892094968
Alternative Title: First day of peace


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Dec 30, 2014

An uneasy relationship exists between two vastly different men forced to work side-by-side at a remote Arctic weather station. Despite his gruff and surly demeanor Gulybin has been doing this for years, he’s conscientious to a fault and therefore has no patience for the young and immature slacker Danilov who prefers to swing from radar antennas when he’s not shutting out the world with a pair of very loud headphones. Their only link to the outside world is an old wireless set which they use to relay data and exchange personal messages. When Danilov receives an urgent memo regarding Gulybin’s family, fear, and perhaps a bit of resentment for his rough treatment, prevents him from passing on the information to the older man. Until now Danilov’s only experience with conflict has been in the form of war-themed video games but this grave omission begins to weigh heavily on his mind. As the days pass his ethical dilemma grows into a full-blown moral crisis for which he is completely unprepared; and when Gulybin finally discovers his subterfuge a deadly showdown ensues. Using panoramic arctic landscapes and the natural elements of wind and water Popogrebsky presents us with a tale of one man lost, literally and figuratively, in a wilderness of his own making. With the wireless serving as the voice of his guilty conscience Danilov wanders through a frozen wasteland marked with images of both order and chaos, forgiveness and retribution; but when the final confrontation comes it is not what he expected. A good solid story hampered by some superfluous window dressing (and one glaring technical inaccuracy involving fish and radiation). Best seen as a simple thriller.

Mar 05, 2014

Despite very slow pace, I enjoyed it. Insightful! Sad.

Feb 09, 2013

Well, definitely must see. Though, it's not everybody's cup of tea 'cause of deep psychological analysis. This movie made me feel and think about us - human beings. It's not about "locking horns"; it's about two people at absolutely isolated, godforsaken place with their world gone wrong. One of them discovers himself as a coward, but is he? If it is you in his place, who would be you?

Jan 26, 2013

This is the rawest adventure that ever came out of the backside of Russia.
A 'green horn' and a veteran lock horns and both behave very oddly at a remote weather station way beyond nowhere.

Oct 17, 2012

First of all I find the title of the film not relevant to the story. It is basically a 2-man film throughout but the dryness of watching these two men, one young and inexperienced and the other mature and stern, is partially compensated by your exposure to the artic landscape and the repetitive but unusual chores they do. Director Popogrebsky did a good job in teling the story and conveying a sense of total isolation from civilization of these two men who chose to live in this environment, away from their families, in the name of scientific research. However, my problem is I don't care enough about the young man who created all the problems for himself. Worth a look if you enjoy contemporary Russian cinema.

Jun 23, 2011

Beautifully photographed in the Arctic wastelands of Chukotia in eastern Siberia, this pas-de-deux of a film captures the silent tension brewing until its very coda. The howling winds against the vast desolateness of the place mirrors the trepidation the student Pavel harbors against the senior Sergei. Sometimes construed as an allegory of Russian authoritarianism, this film ushers a new height in post-communist Russian cinema. Very well-acted and directed!


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