Confession (Sous-titres français)
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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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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.