Joy (cithra) wrote,

from Russia, with love

faintheart and I got to see a preview of the fantastic Russian film Nochnoy Dozor, which is being released in the US these two years later by Fox Searchlight as Night Watch.

I use the word fantastic advisedly, as it is dark fantasy/horror, and I found it enjoyable and well-made. It is the first of a trilogy, and the second film is completed and opened in Russia on 1 January 2006.

It's a very dynamic film, very kinetic. They do some innovative things with the subtitles that I was very impressed with, and have not seen anywhere else before.

It's the archetypical battle between the forces of light and darkness, but with a view closer to the yin/yang symbol (a speck of light in darkness, a hint of shadow in the light) than the usual annoying absolutes.

I'd like to go back and see it again when it is in wide release, I think.

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