The conflict in eastern Ukraine is portrayed uncompromisingly through the eyes of a traumatized surgeon, in one of this year’s most visually fascinating films.
The war has just begun. Sergey is with his daughter at a paintball site, where he meets his best friend, recently home from the front. The testimony is grim. The following scene: Sergey is at a hospital in Kiev, in the midst of an operation where he is trying to save the life of a dying soldier. The violence creeps closer – and Sergey comes to experience it up close when he volunteers for military service. In Reflection, grisly scenes coexist with tender, poetic moments, as the trauma of war is pitted against daily life at home in Kiev. Valenty Vasyanovych’s image compositions are at times astonishing with a tableau aesthetic on par with Roy Andersson. One of this year’s most captivating film experiences!
- Andreas Degerhammar