‘Arrhythmia’ (‘Aritmiya’): Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2017

A hard-drinking paramedic runs into low difficulty both during home and work in executive Boris Khlebnikov’s prize-winning Russian drama.

A debate ratiocination of a medical matrimony in crisis, Arrhythmia takes place in contemporary Russia, though it could equally be set anywhere where doctors and paramedics onslaught to say their amiability underneath life-or-death work pressures. Writer-director Boris Khlebnikov creatively designed his sixth underline as a comedy, though a tinge incited darker and heavier as he began researching a lives of genuine Russian health professionals. The finish outcome is a film that has a splendid demeanour and sprightly gait of a comedy, though a abdominal romantic flog of a critical art residence drama.

Set for a domestic recover in September, Arrhythmia done a general entrance during Karlovy Vary International Film Festival final week, where a masculine lead Alexander Yatsenko won a best actor prize. Less culturally specific than many Russian fare, with romantic fireworks holding fashion over socio-political subtext, this high-quality fatty melodrama boasts a kind of gutsy performances and concept themes that could stir adult melodramatic seductiveness over a festival circuit.

Yatsenko stars as Oleg, a paramedic operative on an ambulance organisation in an unnamed Russian city. A sequence rule-breaker underneath predicament conditions, Oleg silences a time-wasting hypochondriac with feign cosmetic placebos, threatens to punch a Jehovah’s Witness who refuses a blood transfusion and even performs wanton high-risk medicine on a child following a near-fatal accident. Oleg’s rebel opinion saves lives, though it also causes during slightest one fatality, pitching him into dispute with a sparse proxy sanatorium trainer who wants to levy despotic time boundary on ambulance call-outs: “They can die on another person’s watch,” he says callously.

Away from his high-stress job, Oleg lets off steam by celebration himself to unconcern on a nightly basis, clearly preoccupied to a repairs this is wreaking on his matrimony until his youth alloy mother Katya (Irina Gorbacheva) finally snaps and final a divorce. Initially daring and unrepentant, Oleg moves into a kitchen of their tiny apartment, where his mood alternates between bleeding fury and gloomy self-flagellation. “I’m a crook and you’re right for hating me,” he shrugs. Katya’s solve wavers during times, and she even seems open to giving a attribute another possibility after a strong hitch of inebriated makeup sex that radiates an authentically proposal intimacy. But once again, Oleg sabotages their frail equal with his passive-aggressive petulance.

Khlebnikov strings these intertwined tract threads into a lax array of fast-moving vignettes that account Oleg’s self-sabotaging downward turn both during home and work. Yatsenko gives a committed opening as a desirable man-child whose boozy bonhomie can shade all too simply into needy self-pity, generally during a film’s latter half, when his consistent hangdog countenance suggests he is eternally on a verge of ripping into tears.

Gorbacheva gets reduction shade time and a reduction sensitive treatment, though she still paints a benevolent mural of adore tested to violation point. The energy imbalance between a couple, with Katya on march for aloft salary and larger veteran status than Oleg, is a good annulment of big-screen norms that serve complicates their romantic yank of war.

Frenetic and kinetic, Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev’s camerawork leans towards a documentary-style naturalism that gives Arrhythmia some-more of a televisual than cinematic look. The patchwork tract is fundamentally episodic and a small repetitive, with a few too many scenes that supplement zero to a play besides display how attribute breakups are mostly jagged, indecisive, cyclical affairs. Without removing into spoilers, Khlebnikov also serves adult a mesmerizing fortitude that feels a small too honeyed and neat deliberation a vodka-soaked, blood-drenched destruction that preceded it. The wound has been healed for now, though it is tough to trust a stitches will hold.

Production companies: Mars Media Entertainment, CTB Film Company
Cast: Alexander Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva, Galina Averyanova, Polina Ilyukhina, Vladimir Kapustin
Director: Boris Khlebnikov
Screenwriters: Boris Khlebnikov, Natalia Meshchaninova
Cinematographer: Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
Editors: Ivan Lebedev, Yulia Batalova
Producers: Producers: Ruben Dishdishyan, Sergey Selyanov, Natalia Drozd, Aleksi Hyvärinen, Toni Valla, Eva Blondiau

Venue: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Sales company: Indie Sales, Paris

106 minutes