In the fog

In the fog

DVD - 2013 | Russian
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It is 1942 and the western edge of the USSR is under German occupation. In the region, local partisans are waging a brutal battle against their foreign enemies. Sushenya, an innocent rail worker, is arrested with a band of saboteurs when a train is derailed not far from his village. The German officer decides to set him free rather than hang him with the others, but rumors of Sushenya's treason spread quickly and partisans Burov and Voitik seek revenge.
Publisher: [United States] : Strand Releasing, 2013
Branch Call Number: DVD RUSSIAN IN 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: V tumane

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Janice21383
Dec 05, 2016

A story of all men at war under enemy occupation; a study in loyalty, heroism and betrayal. At times, the slow as molasses in January dialogue is almost a parody of Russian cinema, but in the character's stark situation and utter exhaustion the slowness has a well-earned depth. In the Fog is most beautifully scored with nature sounds. The camera is always in the right place. You won't soon forget the three men who lost their way.

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Nursebob
Nov 02, 2016

In this engrossing allegory director Sergey Loznitsa goes to great lengths to avoid making a simple “war movie”: the pacing is meditative with long takes devoid of any musical distractions and the horrors of battle are kept discreetly offscreen—a family is slaughtered in their home while the camera focuses on the front porch and a scene of bustling market stalls is undercut by the sound of creaking ropes, the only sign that a mass hanging has taken place. Loznitsa is more interested in how people distinguish between right and wrong under circumstances which are profoundly immoral to begin with. Through flashbacks we catch glimpses of virtue and cowardice, bravery and foolhardiness while apparent acts of mercy carry deadly consequences and morality is as nebulous as the icy mist that follows the three men as they stumble through a freezing wilderness. Meanwhile Loznitsa underscores his unfolding psychodrama with a background of incidental noises: winds sigh, raucous crows protest, and a cocked rifle shatters the silence like a hammer blow. In the end, as attested to by a fogbound denouement, it’s not so much a question of what his subjects "should" do but rather, given the circumstances, what else can they do? Intense, heart-rending, brilliant.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 08, 2016

This is one slow-pace human drama, with you following a person or persons traveling through the woods a lot of times. That aside, it is well made, and in the end you cannot help but feel for the plight of the railway worker who is kind-hearted, righteous but mentally not strong enough to deal with his situation. Subtitles.

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MGallagher
Jun 30, 2014

I really enjoyed this movie, it had my attention from beginnng to end. Very high quality movie and acting. I found it very realistic and authentic, especially the atmosphere. The Bielorussians and the Russians suffered horribly during the war and this movie illustrates that.

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Vivica
May 28, 2014

A classic brooding Russian Film filled with stoic, fatalistic characters stripped bare to their core - definitely worth the watch
(you will find the haunting words from the film sticking with you: " Everything is better with an onion." - it really reminds me of how lucky & comfortable we all are)

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user999
Mar 30, 2014

A good film. Not an action movie. Carefully exploring and revealing the characters through circumstances and choices. The main character is dealing with a dilemma.

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downsman
Mar 28, 2014

Interesting movie, deliberately slow-paced. Not a smile or a thank you anywhere in this movie, and not something to watch to cheer yourself up. But it is well made, well acted, and food for thought.

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wailuabob2
Nov 05, 2013

Slow moving (way too much time of men walking slowly) but intense drama of quiet men acting heroically. Belarus, the scene, was virtually destroyed by the Nazis and this movie, perhaps unintentionally, demonstrates how they were able to dominate large areas and populations with military force coupled with the cooperation of local civil authorities. Very realistic characters, settings. Sometimes confusing with untitled time and event changes. It's not excessively violent, has no humor and very little happiness.

voisjoe1 Oct 26, 2013

Part of Clausewitz’s concept of “the fog of war” is that in war situations, one is not certain of one’s own capabilities. This film deals with the WWII German occupation of Russia and how some of the civilians curry favor with the Germans become turncoats on their fellow Russians. This film is a slow step-by-step examination to determine if one man is such a turncoat causing several of his fellow Russians to be hanged by the Germans. A slow thriller, at totally the opposite pace of Hollywood thrillers.

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