The gloom and the glory

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Filmreviews -

mon­strous oli­garch. Elena seems, at first, to be the film's eth­i­cal core, but her even­tual sur­ren­der to des­per­a­tion demon­strates that – in Zvyag­int­sev’s world, any­way – no such moral avatar can sur­vive life un­tainted.

It’s very gloomy. It’s very Rus­sian. It’s as pow­er­ful as any pic­ture re­leased this sea­son.

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