Jesus fucking Christ. If you want to know what if felt like to box back in the days when the fight didn’t stop until someone couldn’t continue. Well, try watching this film. It feels exactly like that. With a 2 hour and 57-minute runtime it is exhausting. That being said, the film is great. I actually compare this film to Infinite Jest. Dude to the confusing lack of brevity that is involved in creating this work of art. It is either you love it or hate it film. Sidenote, this if the film that made me sign up to Fandor. Do you remember that streaming service?
Here is the gist of what you are getting yourself into. The story is based a parallel plant that is either stuck or is experiencing life during medieval or middle age times. I am not sure what term is correct, but I’m sure nobody is going to shoot me for being wrong. Either way. The people in the village where our time or space-traveling hero (Anton aka Dom Rumata) currently reside live is a time that it feels like we are headed towards. It is a society that pretty much outlaws intelligence. Society executes anyone who is considered an intellectual. So if you got smarts, then you might die. I don’t think people read or write. I think books and writings are destroyed anyways. But doing something that is literate will get you killed. You will feel the connection to the embracement of stupidity. It is scary. But people seem content. Even though they are living in the middle ages by choice.
The most intriguing aspect is how Dom Rumata is actually a scientist from another place in time who is posing basically a divine royalty. This makes him a loved character as much as he is also reviled. One minute someone wants to bang him another moment they want to kill him. And he pretty much walks around and through the insanity with a sense of ambivalence. It is quite remarkable and beautiful to watch him literally walk through shit with a smile on his face.
Let me wrap this up. The film is filled with intrigue as Dom Rumata navigates and tries to …. Look let me be honest. What makes this one of the greatest films ever made in Russia and anywhere else in the world in the sheer insanity of the making of the film. It blows away anything you have ever seen cinematography wise. Is it the greatest? No. However, it is one of the most amazingly shot films ever.
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