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Petrov's Flu(Петровы в гриппе)

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Russia, France, Switzerland · 2021
2h 25m
Director Kirill Serebrennikov
Starring Semen Serzin, Chulpan Khamatova, Yulia Peresild, Yuri Kolokolnikov
Genre Drama, Science Fiction

This deadpan, hallucinatory romp through post-Soviet Russia follows the seemingly ordinary Petrov family, who are trying to survive a flu epidemic in their city. They follow their daily routine with tranquility, but under this layer of ordinariness everything turns out to be rather unusual.

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TheWrap by Ben Croll

Make no mistake, Petrov’s Flu is a formidable piece of filmmaking; it is also an exercise in style that uses its own virtuoso technique as a blunt-force tool against the audience.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Through its heady stew of impulses and influences, however, Petrov’s Flu is cinema to the breathless last, riding the camera like a bucking horse as single shots carry us between locations, eras and states of mind — the thrilling, messy work of a man released.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Petrov’s Flu is fascinating partly because of the chunky muscularity – the inherent masculine brawniness – of Serebrennikov’s filmmaking, in which dreams are as solid and hard-edged as reality, and reality is a blockish, jostling thing.


Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

While Serebrennikov may be banned from leaving Russia, his imagination, as well as his cast and crew, have been left gratifyingly free to roam: In its form-bending construction and surreal imagery, Petrov’s Flu plays like the work of an artist thrillingly unbound.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

This hallucinatory, deeply confusing but skillfully executed and mesmeric work flows back and forth across time periods, parts of the city of Yekaterinburg and its characters’ memories, often literally within the space of a single shot.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

No one could doubt the technical mastery of this movie and its formal audacity. But for all that, I found something unliberating in its mercurial restlessness.


The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

Playing out at breakneck speed, it is awash with flights of fancy: outbursts of sex and violence; aliens and murder; sepia-dripped nostalgia; jarring temporal and spatial uncertainty; homoeroticism; etc. That sense of dizziness is only further confounded by Vlad Ogai’s shifting sets and richly detailed production design, and cinematographer Vladislav Opelyants’ long roving takes. Its cast has the sense of a troupe. The frame is always packed.

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