How I Ended This Summer
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"So-called 'slow cinema', if executed with delicacy, has the power to exert a trance-like hold over us, but this one falls flat at every dreary hurdle."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"How I Ended This Summer combines memorable images of the gorgeous, rugged wilderness, meticulous sound design that emphasizes the characters' isolation, a dash of dark wit and a dose of madness."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Bleak and unfulfilling psychological thriller set at a Russian meteorological camp on a desolate island in the Arctic Circle."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It has a pared down quality that invites, indeed virtually compels, the viewer to see it as some kind of allegory."
‑ Philip French, Guardian [UK]
"The unravelling of trust and compassion is not always convincing but director Alexsei Popogrebsky's sense of place and pace ensures that it remains thoroughly compelling."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"What stays with the viewer is a sense of a man unraveling from his own mistakes and weaknesses."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Popogrebsky sets up the quiet tensions between his two generationally divided characters like a chess match pocked with occasional power grabs..."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A cinematic and dramatic treat, this spectacular piece of contemporary Russian filmmaking follows two meteorologists stationed on a remote Arctic island. An allegory on old and new Russia, it's part art-house thriller and part atmospheric poetry."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"It proceeds at a dour and Russian kind of pace, mildly intriguing without ever cranking up the pressure to become compelling."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A gripping, involving and wonderfully acted piece of work."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Just when you think that nothing more is going to happen, all hell breaks loose in the form of a deadly game of cat and mouse."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Playing an ignoble protagonist, Dobrygin keeps his motives always quietly evident; later, lost in a fog painted red by an emergency flare, he's an abject vision of man in a hell of his own making."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Though gripping for large stretches, the lack of forthcoming information - especially with regards to Pavel - proves more frustrating than enigmatic, with the tension dissipating at crucial moments."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It proceeds at a dour and Russian kind of pace, mildly intriguing without ever cranking up the pressure to become compelling."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"How I Ended This Summer is everything you could want from a tense two-hander set at an isolated Siberian weather station."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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