On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his fifties, takes his job very seriously. His new partner, bright eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player and video games to avoid Sergei's imposing presence. One day while Sergei is out, inexperienced Pavel receives terrible news for Sergei from HQ. Intimidated, Pavel can't bring himself to disclose the information. When the truth is finally revealed, the consequences explode against a chilling backdrop of thick fog, sharp rocks, and the merciless Arctic Sea.
Majestic drama... a terrific exploration of human fragility... Popogrebsky is shaping up into one of Russias most talented, distinctive and potentially exportable directors!
--Leslie Felperin, VarietyTarkovsky at the polar sea!
--Berliner Zeitung4/4 stars! Rich in resonance, the story can be read partly as a brutal coming-of-age story or as a King Lear-type epic of madness and the elements. But the film also works as a nail-biting yarn, a tale of extraordinary endurance!
--Jonathan Romney, Screen International