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Petrov’s Flu film evaluation & movie abstract (2022)

In a bit, a van cuts off the bus, and stops it. The again door opens and an animated man with a bald pate beckons Petrov to disembark from the bus and be part of him within the van, the again a part of which has a coffin in it and is closely adorned with roses. As soon as Petrov’s inside he’s proven the flamboyant lighting system for this not-quite hearse. His host, Igor, needs to take him visiting. The place?

Effectively, that’s the query. Lest you are taking my four-star evaluation as excessive reward supposed for a common viewers, I must make clear. This very Russian film is wholly phantasmagoric and non-linear, which is to say onerous to observe. The expertise is extra like an interactive jigsaw puzzle than the rest, when you can think about such a factor, and by the top you’ll not make certain whether or not all of the items had been lastly put into place anyway. 

In a single synopsis of the film I’ve learn, Petrov is described as an auto mechanic. In one other, as a comic book guide artist. I imagine within the actuality of the movie he’s the latter, however I can perceive why folks is perhaps confused. That is one hallucinatory flu, the extent of which you will not absolutely respect till the top credit whenever you see that every of the superb actors on this, all unknown portions within the States, performs a number of roles on this undulating, expansive universe.

As Petrov (Semyon Serzin) wanders by means of his interiority, his estranged spouse Petrova (Chulpan Khamatova) experiences her personal limitless stress. Working as a librarian, she’s obliged to remain late on Poetry Night time, and when one of many members blows a fuse, Petrova’s eyes go black, like Ray Milland’s on the finish of “X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes,” and he or she develops superpowers that permit her to bloodily wallop the offender. Within the meantime, their son has a really actual fever that causes them nice concern. However the son is hell bent on going to a New 12 months’s Dance, and Petrov is set to carry him. In a 1.37 body, Petrov remembers his personal expertise of a New 12 months’s Dance, and the way the younger girl portraying a Snow Maiden, sporting a wig with blonde plaits, took his fevered hand and informed him how sizzling it was, whereas he now remembers the snow maiden’s hand as icy. 

Within the film’s remaining third, the format strikes to a lovely widescreen black and white, telling the story of a younger actress, who wears a sweater from the identical sample that an older work colleague of Petrova’s is knitting within the current day. Her story is of affection, undesirable being pregnant, and being coerced into portraying the Snow Maiden at a New 12 months’s Dance.

There’s additionally bloody assisted suicide, squelched literary ambition, sublimated and never sublimated homosexuality, arson, and lots of ingesting. All of it staged and shot with conscientiousness and ingenuity hardly ever seen in movies from any nation anymore. It’s certainly a phantasmagoria, and maybe an overload. The esteemed critic Todd McCarthy in contrast the expertise of watching it to “having a load of rubbish jammed down your throat and piled on prime of you till you simply cannot take it anymore.” I suppose that’s a method of it. The rubbish is cultural detritus, reminiscence, nostalgia, hopelessness, a system that by no means labored and by no means will work. The characters right here don’t actually have a alternative insofar as “taking it” is anxious. On the movie’s finale, Petrov, nonetheless unwell however lastly alone, merely opts to go on. 

Now taking part in in choose theaters. 

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