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The Long Farewell

97 mins
1971
Russian, English (English subs)
BBFC PG

This pointillist family portrait by Kira Muratova is one of the bracingly original Soviet filmmaker’s long-banned major works. A kind of psychological breakup movie, The Long Farewell traces the rift that grows between an emotionally impulsive single mother (the transcendent Zinaida Sharko) and her increasingly resentful teenage son (Oleg Vladimirsky), who upends her world when he announces he wishes to live with his faraway father. The seemingly simple premise is rendered anything but simple by Muratova’s dreamy, drifting style, with off-kilter framing, editing, and dialogue continually pushing cinema’s aesthetic and expressive boundaries outward.

Restored in 4K by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with The Criterion Collection at L’Immagine Ritrovata/Éclair Classics.

Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project. With support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and MUBI.

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Director:
Kira Muratova
Language:
Russian, English