How I Ended This Summer (Popogrebsky, 2011)

A review for InRO: Sergei Popogrebsky’s atmospheric anti-thriller How I Ended This Summer. The first 70 minutes are fascinating, building tension out of epic, elemental long shots focusing on nature and the primitive weaknesses of man. However, the last 5o minutes turn unforgivably inert, pretentious, and meandering. There’s a great film in there somewhere, but the art film conventions bury its thematic weight under a mountain of aesthetic tedium.