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also known as Sto dney do prikaza

100 Days Before the Command1990

  • 2.8
Five young Red Army recruits struggle for survival against the merciless violence that surrounds them on a daily basis. Their only means of saving their dignity is by preserving the humanity and compassion they share for each other. Visually astonishing and emotionally jarring, this film is Hussein Erkenov's courageous and stinging indictment of Communism. Banned by the Soviet censors upon its initial release the film had to be smuggled out of the country to make its world wide premier at the 1995 Berlin Film Festival.

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Brilliant insights into Russian military life and boot camp at one point in history. Often dark and surreal, the cinema-photography is often erotic though not pornographic. Showing scenes of desperate survival and often scenes of those who cannot find the will to survive, it is easy to see why this film had to be smuggled out of Russia. Almost documentary in style, the actors are thoroughly realistic and natural. The use of filming close-ups and allowing the camera at times lingering on individual faces allows one to gain an introspective and deeply insightful view into the human psyche. Excellent example of directing and editing and where the actors seem to be in complete understanding of their role. So many dimensions to this film. I'm sure I don't understand all the symbolism and use of metaphor after just one viewing but it is a powerful film.

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Brilliant insights into Russian military life and boot camp at one point in history. Often dark and surreal, the cinema-photography is often erotic though not pornographic. Showing scenes of desperate survival and often scenes of those who cannot find the will to survive, it is easy to see why this film had to be smuggled out of Russia. Almost documentary in style, the actors are thoroughly realistic and natural. The use of filming close-ups and allowing the camera at times lingering on individual faces allows one to gain an introspective and deeply insightful view into the human psyche. Excellent example of directing and editing and where the actors seem to be in complete understanding of their role. So many dimensions to this film. I'm sure I don't understand all the symbolism and use of metaphor after just one viewing but it is a powerful film.

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Purposefully not narrative and non-linear, devoid of exposition, powerfully co-ordinated by parallel camera movements and mass choreographies of participants, this film presents numerous scenes and confrontations that appear as answers or at least responses to a question or questions never asked. Hence the viewer's willingly perplexity abets every absent element, compiling a harrowing and deadening reaction to the military, its way of extinguishing individual life and significance, so that a numbing not-knowing develops into a silent roaring NO!

For the non-Russian speaking, the inadequate, poor subtitling misleads with lapses and errors that are not part of the film's intention. Similarly the designation of this film as "homoerotic," its categorization as "gay," applies a false reading to scenes where, yes, men are naked, sometimes intimately touching one another, as in the regimented washing sequence, but not portrayed as erotically responsive, either actively or passively.

In short, the film shows best what it does not show, including the command or order that does not come down and the ensuing battles that may bring many of the characters down. Along its way, you do see agonies, sufferings both physical and emotional, perhaps deaths, but these scenes are tonalities of a picture fully imagined but not exhibited.

The filmmakers' intention is clear, lucid, decisive, and it is realized; yet one has only to read some of the viewers' reactions to understand that the movie, as an aesthetic object, a work in a genre with a history, raises paradoxical questions. Why else, for example, are the viewers' and critics' reactions so little about what the movie literally presents and so far from examining its means, its techniques, for that presentation.

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This movie made some sense to me. It may be because I was in the military and my boot camp too was filled with moments I couldn't explain to my old self. Only the new self that was emerging from the desire to survive the system could make sense to what was necessary to create a theme to live by. That theme was you are not you, you are all. Your identity is washed away in boot camp. You become a part of everyone and everything in your company. There is no nudity barrier, you fail or succeed through the deeds of your fellow boot camper, you begin to lose a individuality in order to strengthen the collective. The movie takes the views of those who can't make the change and the resolve that befalls them.

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this film made no sense at all. skips from one subjects to another wirh no connecting storyline very slow only thing good was the nude blonde

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Unless this film is designed to illustrate the bleakness of Russian military service and its effect on SOME recruits, I didn't didn't get it. I kept looking for a story or theme but I couldn't find one. No scene related to any other scene and nothing seemed to relate to anything. As for the eroticism.....I couldn't see a purpose for the nudity. It seemed to be something gratuitous tossed into the mix. Nothing is explained. Its a bunch of random, empty scenes. Waste of time.

I did not understand a single minute of this film.

I didn't watch much of it.

Ron

visually stunning, but w little dialogue, not much made sense

Very rough, but also very interesting.

No, did not love it, the sub title and the language was a problem.

Can't say too much about this movie good or bad so I will refrain from giving my opinion.

Terrible movie...Something about Russian soldiers being abused and murdered...It made no sense. AWFUL!

I have ho idea what I just watched. Not for me.

awesome

Sorry, didn't understand the movie!