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  • Summary: In 1942, the western frontier of the USSR is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he must make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    Mr. Loznitsa doesn’t lighten the mood with any familiar filmmaking tricks: there are, for instance, no musical cues to guide you over the troubling or ambiguous passages. Like the characters, you work through each surprising turn.
  2. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 20, 2013
    100
    This is a masterpiece of serious cinema; long, slow and grave as the grave.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    Intimate in the telling, sweeping in the implications, Loznitsa has created an unusually incisive film.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 20, 2013
    80
    In the Fog is an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 9, 2013
    75
    As remorseless in style as it is in message, In the Fog offers little hope and few pleasures, but earns admiration for its elegant exploration of the lowest depths of the human condition.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 20, 2013
    75
    In the Fog develops an unearthly spell that largely makes up for its cerebral pace.
  7. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    May 20, 2013
    60
    This philosophical war film is impressive and thought provoking but it’s also too restrained and pensive to ever completely connect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 14, 2013
    8
    This is a psychological drama that takes place in occupied Belarus during World War II. The movie is very slow (a bit too slow for my liking) but dramatic, thought provoking and filled with emotions. The main character faces moral choices where there are no good solutions and no escape. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2013
    7
    It is a bit slow, particularly for an American viewer; it is more in line with European cinematographic tradition of discovering the main character's inner world through portrayal of their everyday life, whatever it is; not just an action. Even when there is an action, it is not a non-stop one. Something quite dramatic happens and there is a pause, just like in life. It allows to reflect on what has occurred and how you presented yourself and how you are going to live from this point on. Expand