How I Ended This Summer

2010 [RUSSIAN]


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 79%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 7 10 6648

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Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 3 / 10

just pass the message

Pavel Danilov is a college student spending the summer at an isolated polar weather station on a deserted Arctic island. Sergei Gulybin is the gruff, unfriendly, seasoned meteorologist operating the station. Pavel spends his time playing video games. The work is monotonous. While Sergei is away on a fishing trip, Pavel receives a message on the radio. Sergei's wife and son have been hospitalized from an accident. The situation unfolds where Pavel becomes more and more unwilling to relay the message to Sergei.

I just can't understand why Danilov doesn't tell Gulybin the news. As the situation spirals out of control, the less I believe in the story. It's literally a 3's Company sitcom misunderstand turning into the most dire Hitchcockian thriller. I don't understand slacker Pavel and I don't find him appealing. The movie is too long anyways.

Reviewed by evanston_dad 9 / 10

Survival of the Fittest

Two men man an isolated weather station in the Arctic circle. Sergei is older and experienced with a wife and son at home. Pavel is young and bored, resentful of Sergei's dominance yet dependent on it. Into this already tense environment comes the news that Sergei's wife and son were badly injured in an accident. Pavel receives the message while Sergei is out fishing. Because of the way things play out, Pavel doesn't deliver the message right away; as the opportune moment passes him by, it becomes harder and harder to tell Sergei even while the direness of his screw up becomes more and more obvious. Eventually, hostilities boil over and Pavel's paranoia reaches such a crescendo that he takes off into the wilderness on a self-imposed cat and mouse chase, convinced that Sergei wants to kill him.

It's almost ludicrous that something that really is at heart pretty banal (failing to deliver a message, even if that message is very serious) could trigger events that reach the conclusion they do (I won't spoil it, but the end to this movie is grim, folks). But the movie is so well made and acted that everything is entirely plausible, and it's easy to see how distrust can so easily grow when given the right conditions.

My understanding is that both actors won German film prizes for their work, and no wonder. Until the final scene, not another human being appears, and it falls to the two of them to hold our attention with nothing more than a stark if beautiful landscape to act against.

Well hold it they do.

Grade: A

Reviewed by MelbaMan1 6 / 10


Unsatisfying. Inexplicable characters and plot. Watch it for the scenery only.

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