Scarecrow / Pugalo (Aleksandr Kott, 2000)


Pugalo is a silent tale about a little boy, who had no one to rely upon, so he got emotionally attached to a scarecrow.

There’s a little bit more to the story than that, but it doesn’t matter that much. The film is quite good: the cast, the acting, the direction, the story, the stylization – all these things are really great, and they balance each other beautifully. But that stupid organic silence… There were moments when a dialog would’ve been more than appropriate, and the absence of it seems likely to be caused by the director’s huge insecurity related to actors interacting through speech, and I cannot help but see it as a drawback. Still, it’s like a tiny indentation on otherwise flawless piece of jewellery. All in all, a watchable, interesting work of cinema.


Time: ~15m
Released in: 2000
Directed by: Aleksandr Kott
Written by: Aleksandr Kott
Performed by: Valentin Vidanov, Sasha Zaytcev, Lyuba Vlasova, Vyacheslav Leukhin
Entertaining quality4 out of 5
Art quality:  5- out of 5

IMDB page: link

(v. 4.8)
®shoomow, 2017
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