‘Notes from the Underworld’ is not a documentary about the underworld itself and about the events that should be substantiated in hard facts, but a film about the past and different lives bygone.
Manskiy started filming Gorbachev at his home, “given” to him in the form of a life-long rentless lease by the presidents of the former Soviet republics at the moment of the collapse of the communist empire
Gorlova lets herself and her colleagues Simon Mozgovyi and Olha Zhurba go wild in the editing department, spinning the film into an extremely moody, experimental direction while playing with the added “visual noise”.
Most of the stories are heart-breaking and sobering in pointing at the lack of any kind of support for victims of violence, leaving the Iranian women with endurance as the only option.
As a project, ‘Speak So I Could See You’ was developed over the course of years, and the richly textured, layered, top-quality work shows.
The structure of “Flesh” is exceptionally clever: the film is divided in five chapters titled after the five stages of meat cooking (“rare”, “medium rare” and so forth) with a different protagonist / narrator and a different animation style to each of them.
In this observational, but occasionally poetic, dream-like documentary, we meet our protagonist Jola in the breaking point of her life, when she is getting ready to leave her abusive husband Bogdan after many decades of domestic terror