August. Eighth (2012)

August. Eighth 2012

US Title:
August. Eighth
Year:
2012
Country:
Russia
Home Title:
Avgust. Vosmogo
Director:
Dzhanik Fayziev


What’s It About?
At the outbreak of the Russo-Georgian war, a young mother risks her life by entering a combat zone to rescue her son who is trapped on the other side. As the boy waits, hiding amidst the rubble, he comforts himself with imaginary tales of his heroic space robot.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
I really liked this movie. It is well-crafted and very touching. The heart of the movie is a mother’s love for her child and the impossible journey that she endures to save him. Great script, terrific acting, impressive visuals, and an ending that makes you smile. I admit that I do not know much about the Russo-Georgian war, nor do I know if this film is propaganda for the victor in any way (I hope it is not); what I do know is that as a piece of cinematic art this film is well made and deeply moving.

Final Grade: A-

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