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Under Electric Clouds (2015)

Pod elektricheskimi oblakami (original title)
Episodic, spiritual and existentialistic look at the state the Russia is in in 2017, exactly one hundred years after the communist-led Russian Revolution. The future looks gloomy, since the world is on the brink of yet another world war.

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Aleksey German Jr. (as Aleksey German)

Writer:

Aleksey German Jr. (screenplay) (as Aleksey German)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Franck Louis Franck ... Petr
Merab Ninidze ... Nikolai
Viktoriya Korotkova Viktoriya Korotkova ... Sasha
Chulpan Khamatova ... Valya
Viktor Bugakov Viktor Bugakov ... Danya
Karim Pakachakov Karim Pakachakov ... Karim
Konstantin Zeliger Konstantin Zeliger ... Marat
Anastasiya Melnikova Anastasiya Melnikova ... Irina
Piotr Gasowski ... Uncle Borya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Filipp Dyachkov
Tania Fox
Marzena Hovhannisyan Marzena Hovhannisyan ... Italian girl
Ramil Salakhutdinov Ramil Salakhutdinov ... Architect
Sergey Siplivyy
Nikita Terentev Nikita Terentev
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Episodic, spiritual and existentialistic look at the state the Russia is in in 2017, exactly one hundred years after the communist-led Russian Revolution. The future looks gloomy, since the world is on the brink of yet another world war.

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Official Sites:

Metrafilms [Russia]

Country:

Russia | Ukraine | Poland

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

4 June 2015 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Under Electric Clouds See more »

Filming Locations:

Kiev, Ukraine See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Incomprehensive, disjointed, and boring art film
30 June 2016 | by jen-lynxSee all my reviews

I am a fan of science fiction, both in written word and film. I have been trying to broaden my scope by watching science fiction films from around the world, so when my friend mentioned that the Pacific Film Archive was showing an obscure modern Russian science fiction film called "Under Electric Clouds", I jumped at the opportunity, despite a few very negative reviews. After all, critics are often wrong. While I have no regrets, in this case, the critics were right. I believe I used the term "horrid" as we left.

Normally, in my reviews, this is where I put the basic plot points. I have nothing for you. I have absolutely no clue what the movie was about. There were several small stories, sort of intertwined, possibly taking place at various points in time that may or may not have overlapped. One was about an immigrant. One had kids on drugs. One was about two siblings returning home after their father died. It was likely deeply existential and full of subliminal meaning, but damned if I could make heads nor tails of it. To make matters worse, the dialog and acting was so stilted and so passive that more than one person in the audience found themselves drifting off to sleep. Several simply walked out.

The saving grace to this film was the cinematography. There were some beautiful shots that were evocative and intriguing. But the rest was sadly not science fiction and too obscure to resonate with even the most cultured film snobs, though it might play better with a Russian audience. It is safe to say, this one will not be joining the collection at this time.


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