Weeview: The Edge

The Edge (2010, directed by Alexey Uchitel)

Newly minted as Russia's Oscar entry for best foreign pic, The Edge is an odd but pretty piece of work that teases real depth without actually having any. At a post-WW II Siberian work camp so remote it doesn't even need guards, a new train engineer arrives and turns things upside down by being an obstinate prick. The whole thing plays a bit like High Plains Drifter, only with locomotives instead of guns, with a nice Fitzcarraldo-esque interlude as the engineer tries to repair a bridge and salvage a train marooned on a nearby island. The Edge has surprising energy and style, particularly in the flashbacks done up like propaganda newsreels, and is well worth a look.

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