Watched a fantastic movie last night called How I Ended This Summer, a Russian flick. It’s sparse, contains many long, lingering shots, and unfolds slowly with a ton of drama. It’s got kind of a “man vs. man vs. environment” thing going on. And there is, to me, the most frightening scene with a polar bear ever, in what it does to the, “Holy shit, what if?” part of your brain. Like Julia said, “Only a Russian could write a movie like this.” Great stuff. Here’s the synopsis:
A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once important strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere
“How I Ended This Summer” stars well-known director and actor (Simple Things) Sergei Puskepalis and young breakout star Grigory Dobrygin (Black Lightening) as two men forced to carve out a relationship of trust and, ultimately, forgiveness in the desolate Russian Arctic. Following his award-winning features “Koktebel” and “Simple Things,” young Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky now delivers a visually stunning existentialist drama of survival, filmed entirely on location, at the easternmost tip of Russia.
If you aren’t afraid of subtitles, check it out.