It is the end of summer in Nijni Taguil, industrial city of the Urals, an ordinary
landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Vadim Kostrov grew up here, left for the capital,
and is now returning to visit his former girlfriend Anya, setting in motion a portrait
of young people in contemporary Russia. A youth that is neither golden nor lost,
but rather disoriented, with no other compass than a desire for art and beauty in
the dreariness of a provincial town. Who is Orpheus? The filmmaker? Is Anya his
Eurydice? The film’s flow carries us beyond this interpretation, reminding us that
the Greek hero is not just a lover who fails to bring back his beloved from death.
He is also a bereaved poet, a musician who draws songs of lament from his loss.
Orpheus might just as well be Anya, singing when she awakes with her acoustic
guitar, alone in her room. Or the boys who, against a backdrop of faded wallpaper,
take it in turns to pluck haunting melodies from an old piano. Or yet again, the
group of friends sharing microphone, drunkenness and electric laments throughout
the night. Filming the lives and art of his friends, Vadim Kostrov invents an Orphic
youth, a shared, collective Orphism. The tone of mourning, present in Anya’s first
song, spreads and modulates from scene to scene, until the conclusion of this
chiaroscuro drift. What are they mourning? That remains elusive and that is the
beauty of Orpheus. Adolescence, the summer, perhaps the people of a country.
Mourning for a past, and even more painfully, for a future. What remains is the
present, the substance of which the film probes with tact and modesty: a present
infused with dull anger, tinged with sadness, but not without joy as it nurtures
friendship and music, whether solitary or shared. That a 23-year-old Russian
filmmaker, without emphasis or hysteria, with very few means but with a luxurious
sense of framing and lighting, should devote his cinema to this sharing of the
present, fills us with utmost joy. (Cyril Neyrat)
Original Version : Russian.
Subtitles : English.
Script : Vadim Kostrov.
Photography : Vadim Kostrov, Artem Nilov.
Editing : Vadim Kostrov.
Sound : Vadim Kostrov, Yuriy Lomsadze.
Casting : Vadim Kostrov, Anna Larkin, Viktor Firsov, Pavel Savchenko, Gosha Gordienko, Mira Talanova, Artem Nilov, Vanya Bannikov, Sasha Berger.
Production : Gleb Piryatinskiy (Mal de Mer Films).
Filmography : Summer, 2021.
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