Time Out says
The elements are all in place – superb acting (lead actor Konstantin Lavronenko won the best actor prize at Cannes in 2007), masterly camerawork, an ethereal score, ghostly locations – but the problem is that the story never really connects. Still, there are many scenes to enjoy as Zvyagintsev demonstrates an obvious debt to Tarkovsky in the movement of his camera and his desire to stress the thematic over the narrative. But however admirable the film’s sense of an enveloping nightmare may be, it’s impossible not to be put off by a story that’s increasingly confusing and, ultimately, psychologically incomprehensible.
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