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Russian Film Series: Second Circle (Russia, 1990)

  • Whitney Humanities Center 53 Wall Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
Expertly pitched between absurdity and elegy, allegory and social critique, The Second Circle is an "uncompromising, imagistic, masterly work," (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.