Monday, September 26, 2016

A Spring for the Thirsty (1965)

Directed by Yuri Ilyenko
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Past and present blur for an elderly man in rural Russia. He remembers his young wife, his children and his military service in the war. Many events take place around a well on his property, drawing people from miles around. He builds a coffin and begins to sleep in it, tired of life. A pregnant relative visits, completing the cycle of life and death. It is beautifully filmed in black and white on expansive landscapes. However, lacks a coherent plot, and other than the old man, characters are underdeveloped.

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