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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Harvest Time, or, No news in the truth [SFIFF '05 movie note]

It's Fifties Russia, Mom's a champion on the combine harvester, Dad got maimed in the war. Director Marina Razbezhkina's feminism seems rote - the mother will be crushed 'cuz that's what happens in these movies; the issue is if she'll be stoic or if she'll go postal, or both. Sights: a legless man's push-ups, the mother tearing down the Pravda sheets serving as wallpaper. A pan across faded faces leads to the unoriginal, appropriate present-day coda, bemoaning forgetting.


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