Confession / Povinnost / Повинность (1998) 4 x DVD5
Alexander Sokurov’s Confession is like no other movie you will ever see. Visceral and at times brutal, it’s a livid illustration of the effects of monotony and oppression on the spirit. More than anything else, this haunting film presents a world of unremitting bleakness, a world of suppressed desires and unspoken despair.

Confession is also specifically Russian. No other nation has been so bound to the concept of fatalism as a way of life, and this portrait of oblivion on the edge of the Arctic circle captures it. The film stands resolutely in the tradition of Russia’s massive literary achievements (see also, Dostoyevski and Solzhenitsyn), but whereas the literary tradition allows for copious internal explication, Sokurov’s cinematic eye renders the epic scope of the Russian character as a vast and opaque emotional wilderness.

Lacking even a rudimentary structure, Confession presents a documentary-like sequence of unnumbered days in the life of an unnamed Commander as his ship embarks for a tour of the Arctic seas. The film reveals the daily duties associated with the ship, but it is really about solitude and isolation. Voice-over narration by the commander, other sailors, and even a third-person voice provide the "confession" of the title.

4 x DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 5 x ~40mins | 11.3 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano
Genre: Documentary

Director: Alexander Sokurov
Country: Russia

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