𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕞 (𝕃𝕖𝕠) 𝕧𝕒𝕟 𝕕𝕖𝕣 ℤ𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕟’s review published on Letterboxd:
Victor Kossakovsky, a highly underrated Russian director of documentaries, has probably the best view of the whole of Saint Petersburg. Or at the very least the most interesting.
As Kossakovsky had to wait for funding of his next film, he spend a whole year filming whatever happened on the street in front of his house. Apparently, when you look for it, a lot more happens than you might think. With a thin main-plot following the repair of a hole in the street, Kossakovsky shifts from subject to subject, from people frolicking in the rain to stray dogs, to insecure lovers, to rain, to snow, to sun. And out of all these seemingly random scenes erupts such a raw beauty. Kossakovsky covers the simplest things that make us humans as he focusses on all those things that aren't important (or at least don't seem to be at first). And when we get back to the irreparable hole that seems to be a curse of that one street in the whole of St. Petersburg, we can but laugh at how ridiculously simple life can be.
This may seriously be one of the best documentaries ever made as it gives what can only be defined as a dead-honest look at humans in their natural habitat. To me and many of my fellow students this film was a humongous source of inspiration. I used its simple premise many times, most recently in Qu'est-ce Que cC'est? and that was after only seeing a few short minutes. Now that I've seen the whole thing, I can say with utmost certainty that it is a true masterpiece worthy of a lot more attention than it is getting now.
Do yourself a favor and watch this one-hour wonder right here.
Happy New Year peeps!!