977 (2006)

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    Rating: 6.0/10
    Runtime: 86
    Language: Russian (English softsubs)
    Country: Russia
    Color: color

    Description: A young scientist, Ivan Dmitrievich, arrives at a deceptively idyllic country estate, which turns out to be a research facility. He is put in charge of “the seventh department”, whose objective is to arrive at a measurement of the most intense human emotion. Ivan, who gained a modicum of fame for positing in a theoretical paper that this optimal number is 977, is given the opportunity to prove his hypothesis experimentally at the institute. A select coterie of subjects, both male and female, is ready and waiting for the scientist. All the protagonist has to do is put them in a “box,” a hermetic room with a revolving camera and a speaking tube that transmits “currents” of the mind into a smaller box with a digital display. The numbers are measured from an adjoining room, in which researchers observe and manipulate the so-called “volunteers.” As Ivan begins to explore, however, the institute reveals itself as a maze of scaled spaces. The compound, building, living quarters, offices, laboratory, and the “box” are nestled inside each other, but their boundaries are extremely porous with everyone wandering in and out. Yet there seems to be an overarching restraint to this seeming anarchy. A closer look reveals that, in effect, the architectonics of the institute works as a gigantic panopticon with a peculiar twist. Even though the human guinea-pigs are the ones kept in view in the central atrium, the ostensibly “free” movement of both observer and observed ensures that they keep constant watch on each other. The trope of surveillance is exploited to perfection in the numerous frames of peepholes, windows, cameras, and reflecting surfaces that are always two-way. Ivan the scientist becomes as much a “subject” as any of the abject creatures huddled on the camp cots visible from the galleries above. Traces of Tarkovski and the Strugatsky brothers to be found here.

    696 MB, 640 x 352, Video 138 KBit/s, Audio 128 KBit/s

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