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This powerful and unique documentary by Alexander Sokurov--a man considered by many to be Russia's finest living filmmaker--chronicles the lives of a soul-searching ship's captain and his young sailors as they sail the Arctic region in a Russian naval ship. Narrated mostly by the captain, the film focuses on the daily duties associated with a ship based in the Arctic, but it is also an engrossing study in human solitude and the effects of isolation. "A tremendously moving portrait of despair and its causes through imagery that's both sensuous and confined" (Chicago Reader). In Russian with English Subtitles.  

Alexander Sokurov---Russia---1998---210 mins.