Moment of Impact
Moment of Impact draws us into a family whose lives were irrevocably changed on a summer day in 1989 when Leonard Loktev, an émigré from Russia who had moved with his family to northern Colorado, was struck by a car and left in a near coma. Eight years after the accident, Julia Loktev, his daughter and the filmmaker, has found the courage to make this moving documentary. Loktev takes us into her family's daily life and exposes her deeply felt love, frustration and pain and that of her mother LarisaLeonard's primary caretakeras they interact with a father and husband who is not the man they once knew and loved. Discussing difficult questions with few answers, Julia and Larisa evoke shattering moments of emotion and loss. Larisa fights against the image of herself as a heroine, wanting to be seen as a woman who is coping in the best way she can with her family's fate and the reality of her responsibility. Through humor, determination and sheer emotional will, she holds herself together in the hope that her daughter will not take on the same responsibility and will be left free to live her own life. With its glowing black-and-white photography and expressive, deeply poignant family portraits, Moment of Impact is a courageous meditation on the unpredictability of our existence.
Director Julia Loktev in attendance with writer/critic Nicolas Rapold (Film Comment).
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