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Долгие проводы Dolgie provody (Long Farewells)

Kira Muratova, USSR 1971, 97 Min. Min., OV with English subs
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Kira Muratova’s second feature film Long Farewells revolves around an anticipated departure: Evgenia, an overprotective mother, struggles to let her adolescent son go, when she finds out that he does not want to live with her anymore. A “hesitation waltz” (Eugénie Zvonkine) of unfinished gestures, the film was considered “elitist” and “lacking in realism and motivation” by Party censors and was shelved for some years. Through jump cuts and musical melodies that rarely arrive at resolution, the film stands for Muratova’s trenchant cinematic aesthetics.