The other day, the premiere of Renata Litvinova’s drama called “The North Wind” took place. The work was very interested in the fans of the singer Zemfira, as the film uses the songs of this performer. Litvinova has not been directing for the last ten years and has not filmed anything on a large scale. This served as an opportunity for her to issue a new film that touches the strings of the human soul.
An interesting detail in the film is the timeless framework – the viewer cannot understand what era and time the director is touching. This is useless – the theme violated by Litvinova does not require the designation of time. All the action takes place as if through the glass of the window of an old house that has seen more than a dozen years. The genus, which has long been headed only by women, gathers at the table for a holiday. Benedict brings his girlfriend Fanny to meet his relatives, and due to strange circumstances, she immediately dies. Heartbroken, Benedict calls Faina, Fanny’s sister, to marry, they have a son, Hugo. But the time and life of this family stops on New Year’s Eve after the thirteenth strike of the chimes.
The inhabitants of the Northern Fields have a belief in the existence of the thirteenth or twenty-fifth strike of New Year’s Eve: when this happens, time stops, and all events and people seem to hang in the air. They have the opportunity to extend their lives for another hour.
the features of this film do not end there: the director has collected so many different heroes and characters in her film, placed them in such unusual situations that it will be very difficult for an inexperienced and frivolous viewer to understand all this. In addition, Renata Litvinova did not consider it necessary to decipher the meaning of her film after its completion.
We see only permafrost – and the inhabitants, and time has stopped. Summer is not felt – the plot is very “cold” and warming is not expected. What is the meaning of the incomprehensible film shot by the no less extravagant Renata Litvinova?
In her film, she described her own country – Russia, which was forever stuck in the “permafrost”. This applies not only to weather conditions, but also to the level of moral and ethical qualities of a person and his development in general. The country and its citizens seem to have really found themselves somewhere between eras and times, not understanding what is really going on. It is not typical for them to accept that time is moving, society is becoming more and more civilized, developing. In the film, someone is constantly fighting with someone, civilians are being beaten, but the inhabitants of distant, northern lands do not perceive this. They do not worry, because they have more important things to do – their feelings and experiences. There is a certain meaning in this detail of the plot: a person is not interested in the problems of others. Each of us is more important than his status, life, problems, relationships with loved ones. But no one cares what happens in the next apartment. Everyone is fixated on himself. From this, human life “hangs” in the air – devoting maximum time and attention to ourselves, we forget about those who are nearby. Being close-knit and friendly, you can move mountains. The main thing is to take care not only about yourself, but also about your loved ones.
How does the movie end? Litvinova releases her characters outside the dying house and, meeting her fate on the platform, proves that the thirteenth hour does exist. She finds her happiness. It is because of this episode that we can say that the “north wind” is the wind of good changes. It blows, changing people’s lives, their customs, making it clear that nothing in this world is permanent, that everything changes. And someday all bad things will end and happiness will come – the one that every single person is waiting for. This is an opportunity to correct everything that was once done wrong, to cancel all the consequences of mistakes and make the right choice. The film teaches us not to be afraid to make mistakes and to believe in the best. It is faith that changes a person and makes you live on, move forward, change your life for the better.
The wind is a symbol of changes in a person’s life, the recognition of one’s mistakes and the desire to change existence for the better. The film by Renata Litvinova, as always, is very difficult to perceive, but at the same time, it is a huge space for reflection, discussion and analysis. Everyone will be able to take for themselves something from this film that forever, in some way, can change their lives.