BFI London Film Festival 2012 – ‘Tomorrow’ is tedious, unstructured and a deeply unsatisfying effort

- Advertisement -


Directed by Andrey Gryazev

Written by Andrey Gryazev

Starring Vor, Kozlenok, Kasper Sokol

The London Film Festival, like it’s host city is a cosmopolitan blend of nationalities and creeds, featuring films culled from a vivacious variety of styles and genres, from countries pole to pole. One of the more left-field prospects in this years programme was a political charged mockumentary from Russia, centring on a Moscow based political collective who call themselves ‘Voina’ – translated as ‘war’ – this small squat dwelling enclave reject the use of currency and steal from local shops to feed their half dozen members, with a central couple who go by the pseudonyms of Kor and Kozlenok who utilise their eighteen month old child Kasper as an efficient and distracting decoy to their pilfering activities. When their ideals of artistic resistance result in an act of criminal damage, of inverting a local police car as some loosely defined sub-dadaist statement of overturning the state the forces of oppression intervene with brutal force considering the modest dimensions of the transgression, and sentence Kozlenok with a potential five year prison sentence under the loosely defined doublespeak charge of ‘hooliganism’.

There is a fascinating film to be made on the current Soviet situation, of Putin’s media manipulated blood-drenched regime, with its archaic enforcement of unjust punitive sentences for even the most minor of infractions – witness the world enveloping media cyclone buffeting the recent Pussy Riot trial – not to mention the horrendous and deeply suspicious murders of illuminating journalists such as the sadly departed Anna Politkovskaya and many of her brave compatriots. Unfortunately Tomorrow is not that film as this is a tedious, unstructured and deeply unsatisfying effort, with Voina’s manifesto remaining resolutely unspecified, and just why exactly is it permissible to steal from modest local shopkeepers in the name of some intangible, ill-judged and frankly immature philosophy?

The approach is that of the tiresomely ubiquitous verite mockumentary, an invisible cameraman following the groups laughable protestations, at numerous points the film focuses on the playful antics of the 18 month Kasper for no discernible reason, and incidents such as a collapsed drunk being assisted outside a Moscow bar are sheer padding, with no discernible relevance or contribution to the films wider ideology or revolutionary credo. The juvenile antics of the collective are as inefficient as the film-making, and when the film should catch fire with the arrest of the one of the squats ringleaders the film has almost no incendiary fervour, as it limps to a final conclusion which is neither interesting or engaging. To be charitable any example of disrupting the status-quo and inspiring collective action against such an oppressive state is to be welcomed, and I salute the bravery of anyone making any attempt at an artistic statement in such a febrile atmosphere, but also taking your toddler to a potentially violent, unauthorised demonstration will find little sympathy from viewers of any political stripe, and one concludes that the genuine bravery of those risking their liberty, health and freedom deserve a more professional, inspiring and effulgent effort than this. Hopefully Tomorrow will be another day.

John McEntee

The 56th BFI London Film Festival runs Oct. 10th  – 21st.  Please visit the festival’s official website for a complete schedule of films, screening times, and further information on Tomorrow.

10 Different Types of Financial Aid
Top 10 Richest American Idols
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones: Ultimate Auditory Clarity
Business man watching business go bankrupt
25 Iconic Companies that Filed for Bankruptcy
20 Different Types of Balloons
12 Different Types of Tubas (Plus Interesting Facts)
Minivan loaded with beach stuff for day at the beach
The Ultimate Beach Checklist When Taking Young Kids to the Beach
Boy playing a trombone
10 Different Types of Trombones (Plus Fun Facts)
20 Different Types of Limes
Table with a variety of nuts in bowls
20 Most Popular Types of Nuts (with Nutrition Fact Charts)
Bowl of cooked broccoli with walnuts
20 Types of Broccoli
12 Ideal Alternatives to Butter
Motorhome on highway going through Bryce Canyon in the USA
13 Types of RV’s (Recreational Vehicles) for All Kinds of Vacation Fun
Mechanic working on car in garage
10 Gift Ideas for Mechanics (Under $20, $50, $100 and $200)
A mechanic is repairing a car brake.
5 Different Types of Brake Pads and 6 Different Types of Brakes
9 Cool Minivan Alternatives
Baseball player hitting ball
10 Types of Baseball Bats that Rip the Leather Off the Ball
16 Types of Barbells for All Types of Lifts and Workouts
Basketball player slam dunking
29 Great Gift Ideas for Basketball Players (Under $20, $50, $100 and $200)
Oceanside golf course at sunset
22 of the Best Online Golf Stores
Inside a beautiful spa business
6 Capabilities the Best Spa Scheduling and Business Software Should Have
Ballet dancers in a dance studio
7 Features of the Best Dance Studio Business Software (Checklist)
Massage therapy clinic
7 Types of Massage Therapist Software for Growing the Business
10 Features the Best Hair Salon Scheduling Business Software Offer (Checklist)
Natural herbal vitamins.
10 of the Best Online Vitamin Stores