IN THE FOG
(2012) dir Sergei Loznitsa w/Vladimir Svirsky, Vladislav Abashin, Sergei Kolesov [127 min]
It is 1942 and the western edge of the USSR is under German occupation. In the region, local partisans are waging a brutal battle against their foreign enemies. Sushenya, an innocent rail worker, is arrested with a band of saboteurs when a train is derailed not far from his village. The German officer decides to set him free rather than hang him with the others, but rumors of Sushenya's treason spread quickly and fellow partisans Burov and Voitik seek revenge. Captured by the partisans, Sushenya is led through the forest where they are ambushed. Soon he finds himself one-on-one with his wounded enemy, forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.
"Haunting, haunted, beautifully shot The world and its choices are often cruel, but for all the devastations visited on the characters, Mr. Loznitsa is searching for the human good amid a human catastrophe. The stunning opening scene a probing sweep around a Bruegel-like tableau of people, dogs and mud puts that search into cinematic terms and also telegraphs the narrative's circular form. We go on, circle back, go on." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
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