Hard to be a God (2015)
Critic Consensus: A sci-fi epic with palpable connections to the present, Hard to Be a God caps director Aleksei German's brilliant filmography with a final masterpiece.
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A monumental work from a monumental talent. Unmissable.
German died before it was completed; it was finished by his wife and son, Aleksei German Jr, also a director. And to be honest, it's the kind of film that could kill off a fair few audience members as well.
The film is about observation: its powerless, farcical, unquenchable curiosity. And it's about - imagine a drama hewn from Heisenberg's uncertainty principle - how observers become actors or influencers, whether they want to or not.
A slo-mo kaleidoscope of chaos and also a relentless prose poem of fear, featuring three hours' worth of non-sequitur dialogue, where each line is an imagist stab with nothing to do what has just been said.
One of the greatest movies to be released this year and perhaps any other, though it's hard to feel entirely at peace with the fact that it exists.
Audience Reviews for Hard to be a God
Three hours of shit, piss, pleghm, blood and semen. It was an experience. If this sounds redactive, it's only because I was expecting something more from the intriguing premise. Alas I found the narrative incoherent and the characters are all so vile that I was never gripped (though I was never bored either). On a technical, physical and atmospheric level, the film is undoubtedly a huge success.
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