Saturday, July 16, 2016

My Joy (2010)

Cannes Film Festival 2010

Golden Camera
Sergey Loznitsa
Palme d'Or
Sergey Loznitsa

Kino International
Directed by Sergey Loznitsa
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(DVD, Kino Lorber)

A Russian truck driver is pulled over by corrupt police officers who plan to take his identity papers. He steals them back while they are distracted and continues his journey until he is stopped by an accident. He befriends an underage prostitute who shows him another way through a nearby town. While stopped overnight he is assaulted and left unconscious. He awakes sometime later mute and nearly catatonic. He lives for awhile in a remote cabin with an older woman, but is picked up and beaten by the police while at a local market. He escapes only to encounter the original two traffic cops who are beating up another innocent man. Relentlessly bleak picture of life in rural Russia is well photographed but extremely unpleasant. Confusing narrative structure doesn't help.

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