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A hip young man takes a girl to a farmhouse to purchase some rotgut vodka--- and the journey into the wounded Russian soul begins its slide here, deeper and deeper into depravity, murder, and mayhem. But this isn't any grind house exploitation film--- there are deep issues here, both stated and debated--- and left unresolved.
Across the board, the acting is first-rate and the slow-burn of horror seldom lets up.
I was surprised to find this gem on youtube for no charge: the streaming quality is top-notch, too. Be warned: this is a disturbing film that you won't forget very easily.
Edits: 07/29/20Follow Ups:
The scary part is the movie is actually individual events of one day in Russia all strung together. It was a documentary!
On what streaming service or provider is this film currently available?
We saw it many years ago, I might revisit it.
Started watching it last night... so very true to life.
on Kanopy, streaming. I've seen it about four times, now.
Someday, I have to study early Russian film history: how did an Eisenstein "happen?" Is it like Russia's sudden explosion of novels? Seemingly from nowhere, with little fiction history, it produced three true geniuses of that medium, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Turgenev.
(And, to answer your earlier question, I believe the 200 in "Cargo 200" refers to the maximum allowed weight of 200kg for a dead, repatriated soldier).
Do I need more reminders of what my life was fifty years ago? Not really.
As the matter of fact, I had to revisit it some fifteen years ago, and also in a small provincial town...
Movies are fine, but they really don't tell you much, because they don't speak to you, and you are going to miss those many subtle hints and details - there is only so much that one can convey in the subtitles.
So I am getting mixed feelings watching that sort of stuff.
P.S. I finished the Cargo, and started on My Joy - it is available on Youtube, but with no subtitles, sorry!
It is emotional viewing. Some roads and landscapes look very familiar. I definitely remember that "No Gas" gas station, to the smallest detail, so I am wondering if they shot the one I used a couple of times? I know... there must be thousands of similarly looking ones, but this was airy.
My sis-in-law worked for the Russian Dept. at a university for many years; she had studied it in college, as had my wife. Both still enjoy practicing. It seems this has influenced our daughter who, before Covid struck, was ready to enter the Russia House at her college, this fall.
I never studied the language, per se, but since I took Russian lit in college, and I first saw, "Solaris," I've been a Russiaphile. Years of supplying Russian ships, and socializing with the officers, has stoked my curiosity to visit. Covid, now that we have the time, is the only obstruction...
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