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The Lightest Darkness Blu-ray Review


“The Lightest Darkness” improves as it goes along.

“The Lightest Darkness” is a tale of two movies. One story revolves around 3 people sharing a train car- a Private Eye (Ruslan) who behaves rather strangely, a screenwriter (Arina) doing research for a video game, and a snotty pianist (Elina). This is no ordinary train ride, however, as there have been 6 murders on this train route by a serial killer known as the Fruiterer. Is it possible the killer is on the train or even one of the 3 above mentioned characters? No spoilers here. The other story is a flashback that is told in reverse order about Ruslan looking into a missing woman case, a peculiar therapist, Ruslan’s dying Uncle among other things. Again, no spoilers here.

Directed by Diana Galimzyanova, “The Lightest Darkness” bills itself as a B&W Russian neo-noir, but really, it’s more of a murder mystery in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock and “Memento.” At first, the film comes off a bit clunky with some suspect acting, a distracting score (at times), and some stilted dialogue, but once you get into the groove of the unique storytelling, it picks up as it barrels towards the climax. Had the film not had the reverse flashback storytelling device, I’m not sure how effective it would be as the story already feels stretched at 83 minutes. Still, the combo of the 2 stories makes for a rather rewarding viewing experience when it’s all over and done with even with the flaws. 

It should be said that the beautiful cinematography by Svetlana Makarova and Aleksey Petrushkevic is nothing short of stunning. The striking B&W visuals add so much to the movie even when it feels a bit off at times. 


Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The cinematography shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: Unspecified Russian Audio Track. How does it sound? It’s far from perfect and sounds a bit tinny in spots, but it does the job.

Extras include a trailer and a music video

July 7, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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