Cody’s review published on Letterboxd:
Besides being gorgeously shot, the story didn’t do too much for me. It didn’t help that the most charming part of the film was taken away almost right away. It left a very cold feeling but almost felt like having the rug pulled from under me in a sense where I couldn’t find my footing or care for the story that was left to unfold. The aesthetic was absolutely mesmerizing. Vasilisa Perelygina favored Eleven from Stranger Things so much which wouldn’t have been too distracting if she also didn’t have nose bleeds constantly.
The narrative just felt a bit forced and paced unevenly. I honestly wish we had more time with the characters because I didn’t feel for anyone except for Pashka and Stepan. The two leads almost felt like art-house caricatures. This director’s vision is strong and I’ll be excited to see his next project but this story wasn’t strong enough.