Film Review: The Bonfire (2016) by Dmitrii Davydov

Function debut of Yakutian Dmitrii Davydov, “The Bonfire” is an intriguing film specializing in the ideas of revenge and atonement, additionally together with quite a lot of technical experimentation. Allow us to take issues from the start although. 

“The Bonfire” is streaming totally free as a part of the Terrestrial Voices program

A quite robust outdated man, Ignat, who just isn’t precisely reluctant to turn out to be violent to get what he deserves, because the introductory scene eloquently highlights, finds himself in despair when his grownup son takes his personal life in a match of regret for by accident killing the son of a neighbor whereas drunk. Ignat turns to God for solace, however he solely finds some when he, fairly reluctantly at first, decides to soak up a neighborhood child, Chipmunk, whose mom is an alcoholic. Steadily, the 2 fill one another’s lives, with the outdated man discovering once more the son he misplaced and the boy the daddy he by no means had in his life. The mom of the boy, nonetheless, just isn’t so keen to depart her son, whereas the daddy whose son was killed can’t get revenge out of his thoughts. 

Dmitrii Davydov directs a movie that unfolds like a parable, utilizing the completely different attitudes of the 2 elder males as his base, in an effort to current how Ignat’s transfer ahead ultimately leads him to a tough, however however palpable happiness, whereas his “opponent’s” obsession with revenge steadily leads him to destruction. That Ignat can be fairly spiritual could possibly be perceived as a remark relating to the advantages of Christian teachings and notably the one about forgiveness, however the fact is, that the outdated man is not at all a saint, a minimum of at first. 

Typically, and ranging from the repeated body of the Jesus portray Ignat retains taking a look at, one may say that there’s an intense biblical aspect right here, deriving from each the feedback and the best way the story progresses, with the best way the outdated man adjustments after his son is useless being a direct reference of so many tales of the Previous Testomony, with the quite shattering finale additionally transferring in the direction of the identical course. 

This side permits Davydov to current his story in a really perfect manner, moreover highlighting his feedback about how laborious life is in a spot simply 450kms south of the Arctic Circle, and the influence the actual circumstances have on folks, additionally together with the alcoholism that appears to torment nearly all of them. In that trend, the gradual burning tempo as carried out by Pyotr Struchkov’s modifying, fits the lifestyle within the space to perfection, additionally permitting Davydov to discover his characters with out speeding. Granted, the final a part of the film strikes a bit abruptly, additionally by way of context, and the ending could possibly be a bit briefer, however typically, the general strategy to the narrative is sort of good. 

The cinematography can be on a really excessive degree, with the harshness of the setting being captured artfully and realistically by DP Ivan Semyonov, with the identical making use of to the inside pictures, whose coloring and framing induces them with a ritualistic hypostasis, which continuously reminds of Caravaggio work. Some experimentation, like a quick point-of-view sequence, appear considerably out of context, however not to some extent to spoil the general sense this side leaves. 

Alexey Ustinov offers an excellent efficiency within the position of Ignat, highlighting his transformation in a laconic but in addition eloquent trend. A few of the violent scenes may have been dealt with a bit higher however that’s the solely important fault within the appearing division in essence.

“The Bonfire”, regardless of some minor faults right here and there, emerges as a superb film, much more so contemplating it’s a debut. 



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