The Ascent

Dir: Larissa Shepitko



111 mins


Larisa Shepitko’s last film is a poetic masterpiece with none of the usual trappings of war movie propaganda and some truly breathtaking cinematography. The story of two doomed Soviet partisans and their forced journey deep into occupied territory after a brief diversion to replenish supplies, The Ascent is configured as a loose retelling of the crucifixion, witness to the suffering and sacrifice of ordinary people during wartime hostilities. The film has an unforgettable impact and transcendent emotional power.

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