We have all gotten used to a homebound lifestyle over the past couple of years, but Russia’s most besieged filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov is no stranger to such conditions of isolation. Placed under house arrest in 2017 on a questionable charge of fraud (his open dissent against the government may have something to do with it), he had plenty of time to reflect on the loneliness and alienation we now hold for. acquired.
These two sources of disconnection combine in his latest feature film, Petrov’s Flu, celebrated at Cannes, the official trailer of which was released online today. Turning under the cover of night while picturing day, Serebrennikov channeled recent nonsense and frustrations into a story that tackles the pandemic in direct terms, but from a perspective.
In the post-Soviet suburb of Yekaterinburg, car mechanic Petrov (Semyon Serzin) discovers that he and his family are suffering from a vicious disease. As they do their best to recover, reality begins to crumble around them, especially in the subplot about a resuscitated corpse and the Frankensteinian figure responsible for it, the eccentric Igor (Yuri Kolokolnikov ).
Mark Asch, our man at Cannes last year, did his best to pin down this odd specimen of film in his review, writing, “It’s a jaw-dropping movie, but it would be a bit difficult to take to two and a half. hours. Fortunately, Serebrennikov has even more tricks up his sleeve. He reserved praise for the “blind and drunken grotesques” in “what is essentially a literal feverish dream about contemporary Russia in all of its dark, oversized and incredulous glory.”
Serebrennikov’s latest will soon take its place alongside the recent Bad Luck Banging in the emerging canon of cutting-edge films commenting on COVID, presenting a vision of a today’s Russia reeling from mistrust and violence. While English-language cinema is still waiting for its first pandemic masterpiece, this will certainly provide some advice for those who dare to give it a try.
Petrov’s flu hits theaters across the UK on February 11.
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