Farewell to Matyora

Russian director Elem Klimov (Come and See), soon to be president of the Soviet Filmmakers Union, helmed this tale (also known as Farewell) of an isolated Siberian family whose traditional way of life is threatened by the construction of a hydroelectric station. Klimov's generally heavy style tends to combine (in a more officially neutralized fashion) the vivid nature imagery of the Tarkovsky/Konchalovsky school with the punishing physicality of the films of his late wife, Larissa Shepitko (The Ascent). The theme of this 1982 effort suggests affinities with Konchalovsky's Siberiade as well. Based on a novel by arch-nationalist provocateur Valentin Rasputin. In Russian with subtitles. 129 min.

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