Contributor, Science and Education
Euphoria For Visionaries
Recently I admired the best Russian film I have ever seen. The name of the masterpiece is Euphoria and its director’s name is Ivan Vyrypaev. Before spilling the ocean of admiration and delight on this page, I would like to tell you a few words about the director. Creator of Euphoria was born in the Russian city of Irkutsk in Siberia. He always longed for art, and found himself in a theatrical college. He tried himself in various fields of theatre – he was an actor, he wrote scripts for movies and plays. When he moved to the capital of Russia, Moscow welcomed him, while his Kislorod (Oxygen) became a must-see for everyone, as theatre maniacs say – it was staged in over twenty countries. Euphoria is Ivan Vyrypaev’s first experience as a film director.
Let me now return to the movie. Its creators announce it to be a tragedy. Euphoria is a story of Love between a man and a woman, unexpected love, genuine and merciless, of people both touching and cruel like children, living as recluses under the immense sky in boundless steppes. The characters are not taught to love, the creators say, but who really is? Can love be taught or it just appears in your heart and butterflies start flying in your stomach. Euphoria is another attempt to get to know mysterious substance known as the Russian soul.
But this is what official press release and some mass media say. My opinion is, forget the script. Do not pay any attention to the dialogues. It would be perfect to watch it with your ears shut as tightly as you can, if not for the magnificent soundtrack – music is a real meditation and it sometimes turns you inside out for the emotions it brings along. Just keep your eyes wide open and be prepared for the beauty coming inside your brain straight from the screen – every shot is a masterpiece. You can take any shot you like, make it larger and put on your wall – your guests would never stop asking you where have you got that piece of beauty?
Though the storyline and dialogues weren’t quite important to me, the cast deserves several words to be said about them. The leading part (a female character Vera) was played by famous Russian actress Polina Agureyeva, who comes from the “Workshop of Peter Fomenko” theatre and is a winner of various theatrical prizes as well as the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
For me watching Euphoria was like eating a piece of delicious cake or a meal in an haute-cuisine restaurant – it was fantastic, but you can never have enough of it, hunger is not quite satisfied, but you already have this sensation of delight. Go and catch Euphoria in cinemas – language of beauty is international.
December 18, 2006 12:43
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