Silent Souls

Tuesday, October 25 th, 2016 at 00:10 am 

Silent Souls is a Russian film that’s subtitled, and while it’s beautifully photographed, it’s a little hard to get into to be quite honest. The idea is that two Russians, a man and his friend who’s a photographer, helped to prepare the former’s wife Tanya, who died the night before, for her cremation and then prepare her ashes to be scattered where they had their honeymoon. So they sort of go through a road trip. It’s basically a desolate town in the middle of nowhere and its people, who follow some odd rites and rulings, including what they do with the dead body is take threads and thread it through her pubic hair, because that’s what you do with a bride. It’s certainly a little offbeat, and you don’t have the feeling that you’re watching actors but watching real people, and so this is, I suppose, in some ways a road trip movie but it’s really not; It’s just a little bit slow. It’s sort of very un-actorly, and there are some interesting things in it, and you actually feel for the people. But as entertainment, it leaves a little bit to be desired, so I’d give it two and a half stars.

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