Thursday, August 04, 2011

SILENT SOULS (Aleksei Fedorchenko, 2010)

A soul-searching Russian descended from an obscure Finno-Ugric tribe hits the road with his friend to bury the latter's recently departed wife in a distant lake according to ancient folk rituals.

Though the plot has a clearly defined throughline, there are so many eccentric asides and strange detours along the way that the film almost works better as a series of textured, contemplative vignettes. The various strands do ultimately cohere quite eloquently and resonantly. Though the insistent woman-is-an-exotic-body-of-water metaphors don't really belong in this century.

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