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Silent Souls [DVD]

Yuliya Aug , Larisa Damaskina , Aleksei Fedorchenko    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yuliya Aug, Larisa Damaskina, Olga Dobrina
  • Directors: Aleksei Fedorchenko
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ACGLUS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When Miron s beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merya culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in West-Central Russia. Although the Merya people blended with the Russians in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in the modern life of their descendants. The two men set out on a road trip thousands of miles across the boundless landscape. With them are two small birds in a cage. Along the way, as is the custom of Merya people, Miron shares intimate memories of his conjugal life. But as they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, he realises he wasn t the only one in love with Tanya...

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Russian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Russian ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: When Miron's beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merya culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in West-Central Russia. Although the Merya people blended with the Russians in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in the modern life of their descendants. The two men set out on a road trip thousands of miles across the boundless landscape. With them are two small birds in a cage. Along the way, as is the custom of Merya people, Miron shares intimate memories of his conjugal life. But as they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, he realises he wasn't the only one in love with Tanya... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Venice Film Festival, ...Silent Souls ( Ovsyanki )

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully cod ethnology 9 Sep 2013
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I don't normally write Amazon reviews, but I'm amazed, and delighted, that this film has received the kind of critical acclaim it has. Most reviewers, as far as I can check, have treated it with all the solemnity of a meditative revelation from the remote reaches of pagan Russia, a poignant encounter with death, love, water and the basics of human existence.
Baloney. The film makers must be laughing themselves sick. Just listen to the words of the alleged poetry and songs of this semi-extinct culture; or think about the scene where they buy 120 axe handles, 100 shovel handles, etc., to build a funeral pyre; count the amount of vodka consumed in getting the pyre to burn; at least notice that the novel upon which the film claims to be based doesn't exist, though (according to the final words of the film) it was posthumously typed on the shiny scales of the fish of the Volga - on the typewriter once sacrificed to the great river by the poet-father.
It's not only the protagonists who have had their eyes metaphorically pecked out by allegorical songbirds. Put your tongue firmly in your cheek and watch it again. It's a superb piece of cod ethnology, beautifully pitched to entice sophisticated viewers into acclaiming a spoof as a masterpiece - which, in its own terms, it is! A hoot.
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I had the pleasure of seeing this film with my daughter in London. She was 20.

This is not a film to watch with your daughter... the washing of her body in Vodka was not an easy scene to sit through together....

The photography and the pace are brilliant; opening us up to new cultural traditions of how to deal with grief and mourning... the cover of the DVD says much after you have watched the film.

Peter
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strangely compelling film 24 May 2013
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Set in the world of the arctic russian people this film has little action but shows a society which is alien to the west, the reaction of the policeman to a dead body in the car sums the whole thing up.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A curious tale 23 Mar 2013
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A curious tale with insights into attitudes to death in a particular part of Russia. The film is unhurried aiding the reflective quality of the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film for thought 22 April 2013
By David Wesley Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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This film is a remarkable gift for the viewer eager to escape from the tedium of action movies and flicks for adolescents of all ages. SILENT SOULS advances at a slow pace, with long periods without dialogue. In these intervals, audible only are the muted sounds of the drive train and the contact of the automobile with the driving surface. Visually there is no distracting spectacle. The landscape is primitive, expansively flat, cold and bleak. Wrapped in a blanket behind the two principal protagonists is the dead wife of one of the men, which they are transporting in an ancient, ethnic funeral rite. The men have also brought two birds in a cage. Numerous images evoke mortality and the fragility of our links with one another in the past, present and future. There is much here to ponder, and the intellectual space in which to do it.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A profound and original master[iece 25 Feb 2013
By ke - Published on Amazon.com
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Easily one of the finest films of recent years, SILENT SOULS is profound yet modest, serious yet funny, idiosyncratic yet truly universal. It will take you to another world.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing and Boring 17 Sep 2013
By Gabriel Bartash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
If you're in the mood to be depressed and somewhat bored, this is just what you've been looking for. Imagine a place where the best you can wish for is asphyxiation by drowning. Well that's where this movie takes you. And is there a reason for this gloom? Not really other than maybe to pine for the lost Soviet Union. An upside is that not all the nude women in the story are dead.... although they may as well be. The director found a way to make sure that no audience members would become aroused. Apparently, according to the vision of this film, having sex holds about the same low level of excitement as laying on a slab, waiting to be cremated. So if it's so bad, why does this rotten tomato get three stars? I give it credit for interesting cinematography, and for it's poetry which I admit is actually quite good. If I was a pretentious douche, I certainly would have given a five star rating, but since I'm genuine, it comes down to three stars.
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