Acts of Imagination
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"thematically rich and complex narrative… Combs's unvarnished and raw approach to the characters and their world results in an exceptional intimacy. As Katya, Hayes is a discovery.”
Marguerite Pigott, Toronto International Film Festival."
- Marguerite Pigott, Toronto International Film Festival
"Cinematically vibrant, making beautiful use of sensual close-ups and hand-held camera, this accomplished first feature by Carolyn Combs recalls the West Coast "New Wave" … "
- Vancouver International Film Festival
"exquisitely acted … successfully tackling subjects that film makers in Ukraine have not attempted thus far… the psychology of a young generation of Ukrainians for whom the period of independence turned into a shattered dream"
- Yuri Shevchuk, Telekritica, Ukraine
"…a film that invigorates, infuriates and fascinates."
- Viewmag, Hamilton
"In bringing the past into the present, like a psychosis, in the way Katya’s mysterious psyche is haunted by the genocidal Famine of 1933, the film reminds us of Ingmar Bergman."
- Marta Farion, Ukrainian Institue of Modern Art
"a Wim Wenders-like metaphor… a beautiful contemplation"
- The Republic, Vancouver
"Lyrically shot and with a mature economy in the writing, …the movie is the come-from-nowhere surprise in the crowd"
- Glen Schaeffer, Vancouver Province
"… the broader context is the troubled politics of the 20th century and the legacy of socialism in particular… highly recommended for those who prefer intelligent and thought-provoking movies."
- Louis Proyect, The Unrepentant Marxist