Now You Know Vova Used Glue To Stick The Spoon To His Face. Well, Perspectively Directed & Shot. It Shows The Inner Situation Between Ukraine & Russia, Besides Two Countries' Dissensions, Cultures & Backgrounds. While Watching The Film, It Came On My Mind, Always Carry An Axe If You Have Russian Friends, I Heard This Dialogue In A Film But Can't Remember Which One It Was, Altho I Don't Agree With This Statement.
This is an incredibly beautiful film, with amazing shot selection and cinematography. However, it mostly falls short as the absurd story it supposedly is, not really setting or mainting any given tone, sometimes being rather too serious or too gleeful in not quite the right moments.
Los primeros 15-20 minutos no lo atrapan completamente a uno, pero después de esto la pregunta de qué pasará luego lo conecta. Tiene unas bellas imágenes y el surrealismo funciona de vez en cuando. El problema es que la combinación de este surrealismo con el "humor seco" no combina bien en muchas ocasiones.
It may take me some time to figure out why it was so enjoyable, funny and compelling to watch terrible, bizarre and wonderful things happen to a very urban guy in very rural Ukraine. That it was is a credit to Bondarchuk's (and his team's) sensibilities and execution. I think the sky and the land should both receive cast credits for their role in this film.
I love the opening shot of this movie, but after that it quickly becomes a case of form over content. My mind wandered all over the place trying to grasp the story, from political thriller to Ukraine Deliverance to one of the “people acting strange” episodes of The Twilight Zone. Powerful images, but it didn’t work as a whole for me.
Incredible, ambient sound design and stunning dream-like cinematography make this film worth watching. The storyline, however, is what you’d expect from a typical festival-bait clichéd film: a deserted area with filth and uneducated locals who don’t appreciate the newcomer aka harbinger of civilization. Ukraine is a diverse and beautiful European country, which is much more than the blackish caricature shown here.