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Hard to Be a God 2013

  • Aleksey German
  • June 30, 2015
  • 170 mins
  • Russian
  • Science Fiction, Drama
A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God's place? Director's statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.


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There is a basic plot description in the beginning but it is not always clear which character is which and what they are specifically doing. I read the Wikipedia Plot description afterwards and it makes it more understandable. The Dialogue is vague, often times outside the frame, since other people are constantly putting their face or other objects infront of the camera. Also some voices are clearly edited in, during post production. Hard to be a god gets repetitive after a while because the scenery stays the same and the bizarre shit goes on for 3 hours.
I haven't seen anyone mention the horrible photoshopped face on the corpse at the end of the film, looks like a budget thing.
With all that being said, the detailed visuals alone make it worth to watch.
It is one of the most unique films I've seen. There isn't a film filthier than this

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