In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing
newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina),
intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft
gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. As the film begins,
Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone (hence the film’s
title), works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over
traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and
also seals their fates. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir
Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at the Cannes
Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing
rendering of the persistent scars of war.
-Interview with director Kantemir Balgov
- Language : Russian
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 54 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled, Anamorphic, Dolby
- Run time : 2 hours and 17 minutes
- Release date : 2 June 2020
- Studio : Kino Lorber
- ASIN : B086Y6JPQP
- Number of discs : 1
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this is post-WWII Leningrad. two women Masha (Vasilisa Perelygina) and Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko)
one year after the war these two are bonded after another tragedy that brought them together that they
were already suffering from the torcher of the war. one of which who suffered years of sexual abuse.
by the soldiers she was working under. I’ll stop there because I don’t want to give away any.
no person who’s dealing with Mental Illness should watch this movie. Depressing in every way or form.
if you can. watch the 10 min feature by director Kantemir Balagov. maybe that will help. a little.
I was Tran-fixed at these two girls who are new comers to the movie scene for their acting skills. A-Plus.
Not Much Dialogue Which Makes it Easy To Read.
Runtime 137 Min.
Russian 5.1 DTS-HD. English Subtitles.
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
It is the need to find in at least one other person a reciprocal love, refuge from a very troublesome world, a steady hold and mutual engagement with honesty, trust, etc. That this other person is of the same gender does not diminish in the least what seems a universal human need.