FOREIGN FILM: Compartment Number. 6
Mar 16-19, 2023
Compartment Number 6 concerns Laura (Seidi Haarla), a Finnish grad student in Moscow who has planned a trip to a remote city in the Arctic Circle to see some petroglyphs. This idea is championed by her Russian lover Irina, but we quickly get the sense that there is a growing distance between them. As Laura contemplates her journey in silence, Ljoha (Yuriy Borisov) bursts into the compartment and into Laura’s space. A slow friendship develops between the two, as they start to begrudgingly see each other beyond first impressions. When it seems like Laura’s visit to see the petroglyphs is in jeopardy, Ljoha comes to the rescue, setting up a glorious romp in inclement weather. This is a melancholic drama but also one that’s unexpectedly uplifting in its insights into human solitude and connection. Loosely adapted from Rosa Liksom’s novel, the film blithely disregards the standard rulebook for this kind of road movie in which two strangers with little in common slowly come to understand and respect one another. A version of that does happen, but it is not via the usual avenues of sexual attraction or even friendship in any formulaic sense. The connection is more about understanding that they are not so different.
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