Days of Eclipse
Because the camera speeds up, it descends from the heavens, violently crashing into the floor in a poverty-troubled turkmenistani network. The shot invokes a metaphorical image of invasion, and after a hard cut, we’re supplied a blistering glimpse of that invasion’s effect: a panorama neglected to the point of degradation, crumbling amid the oppressive warmth and other inexplicable herbal phenomena. Alternating between drab sepia tones and more vividly colourful footage, sokurov films a multicultural network thru the disoriented, foreign eyes of malyanov (aleksei ananishnov), a russian medical doctor sent on a indistinct challenge to bring cutting-edge science to the village. However malyanov stays a stranger in a abnormal land, not able to commune with the shell-shocked villagers, whose trauma and desperation has rendered them alien to all outsiders.
Like andrei tarkovsky’s stalker and aleksei german’s tough to be a god, each additionally primarily based on novels by means of arkady and boris strugatsky, days of eclipse transforms an everyday panorama into something mystical and otherworldly. And in this film in particular, it flawlessly embodies the unbridgeable disconnect among colonizer and colonized.