How I Ended This Summer (2010)
February 18, 2019 3:29 AM - Subscribe
At a crumbling arctic meteorological station, two men work in isolation taking readings and reporting them over the radio. Pavel is young and unfocussed, naturally resentful of the older, grumpier Sergei. Bored senseless waiting for the job to be over, Pavel is unprepared for the test of his character that arrives instead.
"I would never intentionally put elements of parable into my story," Popogrebsky has said. "However, if the story grows beyond the concrete time and place in which it is set, and if it strikes some universal or personal chord in a viewer, for me this means that my mission has been accomplished." I find it impossible, in the film's complex moral resolution, not to see Sergei and Pavel as representing different sides of Putin's Russia, one shaped by older traditional ways, the other struggling to discover a new set of values. -- Philip French, The Guardian.
Above all “How I Ended This Summer” is a merciless contemplation of the fragile human psyche under siege. -- Stephen Holden, New York TimesThis movie is currently available on Amazon Prime, along with the director's earlier film Roads to Koktobel (which I haven't seen but looks grim.)