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How I Ended This Summer (2010)

Kak ya provyol etim letom (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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One place. One day. Two men. The place is a polar research station on an island in the Arctic Ocean, inhabited now only by Sergei and Pavel. One day when Sergei is out angling, Pavel picks up a radio message that he daren't communicate.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Pavel
Sergey Puskepalis ... Sergey
Igor Chernevich ... Golos po ratsii - Sofronov (voice)
Artyom Tsukanov Artyom Tsukanov ... Golos po ratsii - Stas (voice)
Ilya Sobolev Ilya Sobolev ... Golos po ratsii - Volodya (voice)
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Storyline

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 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... Written by Koktebel Film Company

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How I Ended This Summer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,968, 6 February 2011

Gross USA:

$8,733

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$622,644
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sergey Puskepalis lived not far from the filming location for 9 years. He said that this experience "let him merge with the landscape and people at once". See more »

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Isolation and Control
2 January 2011 | by sensorshotSee all my reviews

Having watched this movie on a flight I am going to steer clear of commenting on what appeared to be some amazing cinematography.

With a sparse cast and a sparse setting this films works hard on the subtleties and isolation of the main characters. The monotony, the boredom, the sense of duty and the age old story of the older experienced man and the younger upstart who doesn't appreciate the ways of old.

Grigoriy Dobrygin as Pasha is incredible in delivering the essence and fundamentals of the story. What makes this movie thrilling and scary at the same time is that, in such isolation, everything that could possibly scare you in such a situation is explored or alluded to so you never know what could happen because anything could happen. Within this context an important message is received Without spoiling the movie, one could say that we cannot control how people react to things anymore than we can control nature itself. And sometimes to try and prevent bad things happening can be the worst choice but it is always the human choice.

The script is extremely tight and though the dialogue is somewhat monosyllabic and sparse it all adds to the tension, (and makes it easier if you are not watching it in Russian and dislike subtitles) I cannot imagine how a movie as good as this could ever be made in Hollywood. Where, for example, someones expressions alone could take up 5 minutes of film and still have you on the edge of your seat. Even Hitchcock would have learned a lot from the art of suspense after watching this movie.


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