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  • Summary: On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his fifties, takes his job very seriously. His new partner, bright eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player and video games to avoid Sergei's imposing presence. One day while Sergei is out, inexperienced Pavel receives terrible news for Sergei from HQ. Intimidated, Pavel can't bring himself to disclose the information. When the truth is finally revealed, the consequences explode against a chilling backdrop of thick fog, sharp rocks, and the merciless Arctic Sea. (Film Movement) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 1, 2011
    90
    Above all How I Ended This Summer is a merciless contemplation of the fragile human psyche under siege.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 3, 2011
    80
    Combines memorable images of the gorgeous, rugged wilderness, meticulous sound design that emphasizes the characters' isolation, a dash of dark wit and a dose of madness.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 4, 2011
    75
    Sergei Puskepalis (Sergei) and Grigory Dobrygin (Pavel) give powerful performances, but the real star is Mother Nature.
  4. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Feb 24, 2011
    75
    What stays with the viewer is a sense of a man unraveling from his own mistakes and weaknesses.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 1, 2011
    60
    Playing an ignoble protagonist, Dobrygin keeps his motives always quietly evident; later, lost in a fog painted red by an emergency flare, he's an abject vision of man in a hell of his own making.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 1, 2011
    60
    The movie's first hour happens to be its most absorbing. Director Alexei Popogrebsky sets up the quiet tensions between his two generationally divided characters like a chess match pocked with occasional power grabs.
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