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Review: THE LIGHTEST DARKNESS Is A Mysterious Russian Noir That Needs To Be Seen - Movies In Focus
Russian writer-director Diana Galimzyanova impresses with the beautifully obtuse mystery, The Lightest Darkness (Samaya svetlaya tma). The black and white noir is told across two different time frames, one which moves forward, while the other is told in reverse. It’s a clever way of delivering the plot and the whole piece feels like a wonderful amalgamation of Christopher Nolan’s first two films, Following and Memento. Rashid Aitouganov plays Musin, a private detective haunted by his last case, takes a train journey on a line which is being plagued by a serial killer. Soon his past and present will collide in an unexpected way. Marina Voytuk and Irina Gevorgyan play curious passengers on the train, while Kolya Neukoelln is a mysterious women from Musin’s past. The best way to experience The Lightest Darkness is to go in knowing as little as possible. The above synopsis is more than enough to let you know about where things start and where they’re going. Diana Galimzyanova’s film is all about the journey and it’s delivered in a wonderfully playful way, one which doesn’t stop this from being a captivating mystery. You’ll feel the urge to rewatch this once it ends to see how it [...]