1 Best Releases Starring Soslan Khugaev

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Kira Kovalenko's Unclenching the Fists, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is a troubling, frustrating film to sit through. Like many movies that draw their emotional power from their central character's suffering—Robert Bresson's Mouchette being the best example and Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark the worst—Kovalenko's film operates from a point of seeming inescapability from its bleak parameters. Protagonist Ada (Milana Aguzarova) is portrayed as a feeble, helpless figure and its tension is drawn from her painfully awkward attempts at communication and a suffocating existence she always seems just a little too weak to break out from. With that said, unlike Dancer in the Dark, Unclenching the Fists does not hold its audience hostage or insult their emotional investment in its characters. Continue Reading →