How I Ended This Summer

How I Ended This Summer

How I Ended This Summer

               Genre: Drama, Thriller
               Loneliness, rivals, Berlinale 2010, radioactivity, Siberia, weather station

A Eiskammerspiel

  Those who had hoped for, given the film’s title to real summer heat, at least on screen, found himself with Alexei Popogrebskys Russian competition entry “Kak ya provel etim letom” / “How I Ended This Summer” at the latest after ten minutes bitterly disappointed. For what is valid in Chuktoka in the northeast of Russia as the summer would go through here in normal years, they’re considered as winter. Against this backdrop, the director icy and inhospitable a frosty, almost archaic psychodrama has settled two men, which is about revenge, hate to go to courage and cowardice. The whole thing is (in a single (polar) Date of actually several weeks) lasts settled, the sunrise and the Fall marks the beginning and end of the film, to the unity of place and action, and an extremely reduced staff – no question, this is a real Eiskammerspiel.

In a weather station on the coast, two men push service, it is the last day of their shift. Soon, a ship will come to replace it. The older man, Sergei (Sergei Puskepalis), is a grumpy and not very friendly bear who has been here forever doing service and looks forward to the upcoming meeting with his wife and child with mixed feelings. The younger, Pavel (Grigory Dobrygin) comes fresh from university and passes the time with nonsense, and FPS games. As for fishing Sergei runs into the bay, Pavel receives a signal that something has happened to Sergei’s family and should not miss this report with his employer. The younger one, but does not pass this message on, he always, it hesitates, perhaps because he does not like Sergei, but perhaps only out of cowardice. He manipulated the radio talk, no longer concerned with the supervision and the need to ask themselves, why not Sergei recalls, he can disappear been written by the Telegram and systematically sabotaged the truth. When the message then it comes out, break out the pent-up hatred, Pavel and Sergei followed he obviously wants to miss a beating. Pavel defends himself in his own way, by the fish, the Sergei loves, radioactive contamination, and eat the giant of them can. In the end, when the rescuing ship then just come to reconcile the two together again. And Sergei decides to remain on the station, which had long been his home – which he should be replicated elsewhere?

Much time might be the Alexei Popogrebsky for exposure of psychodrama. Detail, we learn about the station, just know from the start to the dangers of radioactivity emanating from a small nuclear reactors that provide electricity for above here to learn that there are polar bears and that Sergei loves the fish. They are everyday observations, which bring us nearer to the monotonous life of solitude. When it comes to business, has been as a spectator, the problem that a none of the two players became really liked that one with any of the two may cheer and mitbangen. Since the whole is still fairly exciting stages, it holds more than two hours through, in between, but one wishes but that damn ship would finally come and liberate the two meteorological their bitter fight, which is also very lax in the end pleasure dissolves.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: How I Ended This Summer Original Title: Kak ya provyol etim letom Country of production: Russia Year of production: 2010 Length: 124 (Min)

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