Second Circle

Directed By: Aleksandr Sokurov

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In the 1990 film The Second Circle, Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov (Russian Ark, Mother and Son) solidified his reputation as "a master of controlling mood" (New York Newsday). Expertly pitched between absurdity and elegy, allegory and social critique, The Second Circle is an "uncompromising, imagistic, masterly work" (The New York Times).

In a remote Siberian village, an anonymous young man emerges from a blizzard to claim his late father's body. Navigating the detritus of an old man's final friendless decade and the dehumanizing maze of red tape that are his father's sole legacy, the boy inadvertently picks through the debris of unraveled family ties and confronts the yawning gap between alienated Soviet generations. Scorned and ignored, his labor of mourning becomes as transformative as the labor of birth. "I'll burn everything, but not my father," the young man warns a funeral director. As he finds himself in his father's lifeless eyes, the reluctant young pilgrim discovers that they have more in common in death than they did in life.


Studio Kino Video
SKU 202287438
UPC 738329042820
UPC 14 00738329042820
Format DVD
Release Date 4/18/2006
Editors Note
Note One of world's most elusive, iconoclastic, and inimitable film directors, Aleksandr Sokurov has become famous for his eerie meditations on the plight of man and the fate of culture. In THE SECOND CIRCLE, a man walks through a Siberian blizzard, arrives at a remote village, and begins the preparations to bury his father. Told in bleakly beautiful black and white with occasional moments of exquisite color, the film approaches the tragedy of the situation with an oppressive and impassive restraint. At times the film takes a darkly humorous tone, as when the son and a neighbor roll the corpse in the snow, or when the coffin nearly tips over, but the overall effect is utterly devastating as the son goes through the arduous, solitary, even absurd, steps necessary to pass into the future. Once again, Sokurov has crafted a beautiful, brutal, and unforgettable work of film art.
Aleksandr Sokurov
Name Aleksandrov,Pyotr
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Cast & Crew
Aleksandr Burov - Cinematographer
Aleksandr Bystryakov - Actor
Aleksandr Sokurov - Director
Nadezhda Rodnova - Actor
Pyotr Aleksandrov - Actor
Raisa Lisova - Editor
Tamara Timofeyeva - Actor
Yuri Arabov - Writer
Technical Info
UPC 00738329042820
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 85 minutes
Original Language Russian
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Russian
ReviewSource Strictly Film School
Review Using high contrast, raw, monochromatic imagery, and spare, but deliberate use of close-up shots, Sokurov reflects the soul's innate longing for compassion, human decency, and spiritual communion in an increasingly amoral, apathetic, and materialistic society
ReviewRating 8
DVD, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Aleksandrov,Pyotr
Label Kino International
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor (The Second Circle) is extreme in its rigor, its sobriety and its sublimity.
New York Newsday [Sokurov is] a master of controlling mood...
The New York Times ...uncompromising, imagistic, masterly work...

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