Dni zatmeniya [Days of Eclipse] (1989)

[Part of the Science Fiction special in the Vienna Filmmuseum.]

Dni zatmeniya is Aleksandr Sokurov‘s loose adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky‘s novel Definitely Maybe, starring Aleksei Ananishnov, Eskender Umarov and Vladimir Zamansky.

A small town in Soviet Turkmenistan: the young, promising doctor Malyanov (Aleksei Ananishnov) is writing on a paper about juvenile hypertension and its correlation to old believers. [Or something like it.] But strange things start happening around him. He receives a crab from someone, his neighbor Snegovoy (Vladimir Zamansky) is killed, but when he visits him in the morgue, they have a talk and his best friend Vecherovsky (Eskender Umarov) is behaving weirdly, too.

Oh boy. This movie really doesn’t make a lick of sense. I probably would have walked out of it if I hadn’t promised to meet friends afterwards. It’s just one giant sequence of What the Fuck.

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I saw Definitely, Maybe yesterday.

Rachel Weisz shines, as usual. Abigail Breslin is cute, as usual. Ryan Reynolds is not as cute as usual (much too slick).

The story is nice, but predictable.

All in all, you get what you expect, if your expectations are not too high.


Just for illustration’s sake: if I had the choice between these two RRs, I’d definitely go for the Blade one.

Ryan Reynolds in Definitely, Maybe