In the Fog - For anyone into Russian cinema and/or WWII, this one won’t be a disappointment. Sergei Loznitsa’s new movie is based on a story by Vasil Bykaw which focuses on three Russian men in Nazi-occupied USSR, two ardent partisans and one who is suspected to be a collaborator. Through their journey in attempt to escape from Germans, we get acquainted to each of them via retrospective shots of their lives since the war started.
The story on its own is quite captivating and tense, which is why it was a bit unfortunate to see that the directing didn’t exploit its full potential. It was painfully slow without any real reason, the actors took ages to deliver their lines, in addition to repeating them needlessly. If the story moved a bit faster, I reckon the audience would have felt more compelled to relate to the characters and become more immersed in the plot. On a more positive note, it was very well-directed visually and the atmosphere that was created throughout the movie was really suitable to the emotion of the story. If you are willing to sit through two hours of really slow scenes of three men walking through a dead-looking forest, you will be rewarded with a truly amazing and sorrowful tale of conflict, loyalty and ethical dilemma.
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