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Silent Souls (15)


Present days. A man and his companion go on a journey to cremate the dead body of the former beloved wife, on a riverbank in the area where they spent their honeymoon.

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The critical consensus

An unexpected cinematic treat.

****(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 14/06/2012

With its languid long takes, séancelike flashbacks and spiritual yearning, there’s nothing here Andrei Tarkovsky didn’t achieve in his prime, but at a mere 78 minutes it maintains focus with admirable purity.

***(*)(*)Simon Kinnear, Total Film, 14/06/2012

A beautiful piece of work: heart-wrending, atmospheric and truly poignant. Recommended.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 20/06/2012

Fedorchenko may not exactly be on oath with all of these Meryan traditions of his, but they create an utterly distinctive world, and the close harmony provided by a choir in one scene really is arresting.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/06/2012

It is an odd, low-key film but the brief running time ensures that it never overstays its welcome.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/06/2012

Ostensibly the story of a trip, it's also a poetic meditation on love, death and the disappearance of a culture.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 22/06/2012

An incredibly moving and masterfully controlled experience.

****(*)Laurence Boyce, Little White Lies, 21/06/2012

Full of striking visual images and fragmentary half-truths – a dour meditation on love and death that arrests and alienates in equal measure.

Mark Kermode, The Observer, 24/06/2012

Succeeds both as tender lament for departed loved ones and cultures, and as mischievous comedy on the same subject. It's been likened to Tarkovsky, but you could compare it to the Coens and Wes Anderson too.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 24/06/2012

Shot in crisp, chilly style, with obligatory nods to Andrei Tarkovsky, Silent Souls is a low-key oddity that – at 78 minutes – is just brief enough to remain compelling without feeling indulgent.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 23/08/2012

Aleksei Fedorchenko's drama is strange, slow, but also strangely moving in the plain, pared down way it looks at grief and friendship.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 23/08/2012

Its themes emerge slowly and the style is allusive and indirect, but it’s always clear that this is a haunting expression of life and extinction, of disappointments and possibilities.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 26/08/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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