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Confession (Sous-titres français)

Alexander Sokurov    Unrated   DVD

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This powerful and unique documentary by Alexander Sokurov--a man considered by many to be Russia's finest living filmmaker--chronicles the lives of a soul-searching ship's captain and his young sailors as they sail the Arctic region in a Russian naval ship. Narrated mostly by the captain, the film focuses on the daily duties associated with a ship based in the Arctic, but it is also an engrossing study in human solitude and the effects of isolation. "A tremendously moving portrait of despair and its causes through imagery that's both sensuous and confined" (Chicago Reader). In Russian with English Subtitles. Alexander Sokurov---Russia---1998---210 mins.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificence from Sokurov.... Sept. 1 2006
By Grigory's Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a very unique experience. It is, in many ways, a miniseries. Sokurov filmed actual footage of Russian sailors patrolling the Arctic circle, and the landscape is bleak and terrifying. It's hard to believe anyone could exist there, yet the Russian navy has bases there. This is not a documentary, however. While there is actual footage of sailors, it is interspersed with the story of a captain disillusioned with Navy life, and life in general. This film/miniseries is the polar opposite of what you would see on American TV. It is very languourous, quiet, haunting, profound, and meditative (like much of Sokurov's work). Sokurov's narration (he does the voice over himself) is equally profound, and adds greatly to the narrative. It is reminiscent of great Russian artists, like Tarkovsky and Dostoyevsky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Contemplative and elegiac piece of poetic cinema..." Aug. 10 2012
By Sindri - Published on Amazon.com
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Russian screenwriter and director Alexandr Sokurov`s twenty-third documentary feature, a cinematographic narrative in five parts subtitled "From the commander`s diary", was shot in the region of Murmansk in Northwest Russia in the White Sea and Barents Sea on a naval patrol ship, where the film crew lived with the seamen and participated in their daily routines. It was written as a poem, the plot and characters are creations of the author`s imagination, by Alexandr Sokurov and is a Russian production, originally made as a mini-series for Russian television, which was distributed by Ideale Audience International and produced by producer and director of Nadezhda Studio Svetlana Voloshina.

Finely and acutely directed by Russian filmmaker Alexandr Sokurov, this quietly paced, literary and existentialistic soul-search which is narrated mostly from naval officer Sergei Bakai`s point of view, draws an intimate and empathic portrayal of a group of young seamen`s camaraderie and experiences on a battleship and a captain`s introspective thoughts concerning his history in the Russian military, duties as the ship commander and his relationship with his conscripted sailors during a cold winter in the northernmost part of the world ocean. While notable for its lingering cinematography by cinematographer Alexey Fedorov, use of sound, use of music and use of colors which emphasizes its poignant atmosphere, this internal journey towards a naval base in Kuvshinka, in the Murmansk Region where young men are faced with and affected by pivotal decisions, monotony and absence of freedom and a captain by his memories, loneliness and dreams, draws a profoundly humane examination of the human condition and about coming to terms with one`s destiny. An at times humerous, contemplative and elegiac piece of poetic cinema which is driven by its distinct voice-over narration.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time June 29 2009
By ZARDOZ - Published on Amazon.com
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I like watching foreign and international arthouse for their uniqueness in plot and story-telling compared to Hollywood formulaic movies. But this particular one was an exception. Clocking in at 260 minutes; this plotless pseudo-documentary was a pure sleep-inducer to watch. Its no wonder Director Sokurov decided to chop it into five parts; because nobody in his right frame of mind would watch this feature for 4 hours straight without losing his sanity. Confession is about the musings or reflections of a ship's commander about his life, his sailors, and about the Russian Military - THAT'S IT. All the while showing images of the gray Artic, the lifeless sailors, the old boat and its interior all these shown in least color-contrast imagery; almost black and white. To top this of, this was not shot in film but in Digital Video Camera, so you could imagine the flat and lifeless imagery. For those who like plot and character-driven films - this one's not for you. For those who like to meditate and contemplate upon their life - this one's also NOT for you. Why? Because, there's nothing new in what the director is saying; you probably have more enlightening and thought-provoking ideas about life than what this movie is projecting. Skip this Digital Movie.

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