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The Asthenic Syndrome


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  • Seven years have passed since I first saw Kira Muratova’s awesomeThe Asthenic Syndrome at the Toronto film festival, and while waiting for it to find its way to Chicago I’ve had plenty of time to speculate about why a movie of such importance should be so hard for us to see. Insofar as movies function as newspapers, this one has more to say about the state of the world in the past decade than any other new film I’ve seen during the same period, though what it has to say isn’t pretty.

  • Released in 1989, Kira Muratova’s The Asthenic Syndrome immediately became a sensation and still remains one of the most groundbreaking films of the late 1980s. An epic and shocking portrait of those turbulent times, it is also a clear manifesto of Muratova’s vision.

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