In the Fog

Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Germany, 2012

Cornerhouse, 5 May 2013

In the Fog

We are in Belarus during the German occupation of World War Two.

The story centres on Sushenya (Vladimir Svirski), who’s a kind of a Jesus/Judas Incognito figure.  Most men actively commit to one side or another, but Sushenya strives to keep out of it.  But he finds that in wartime it is virtually impossible not to do evil.

During the whole sorry catalogue of petty and vindictive violence, Sushenya strives only to protect others and to behave well, but it is simply not on the cards.  However he tries, he fails.

The film is beautiful but bleak; an aura of fallen hopes surrounds everything.   Redemption is nowhere to be found.