By the Bluest of Seas
Chris Fujiwara

Boris Barnet’s cinema represents what could be called a minority tradition in Soviet cinema, one based on instinct and intuition rather than ideology, organized around the fleeting movements of everyday life rather than around great historical events, and rooted in physical and emotional experiences available to ordinary people. A love triangle set on a utopian island, By the Bluest of Seas demonstrates Barnet’s lyricism, his humor, and his sense of freedom. In Nicole Brenez’s words, the film “deploys a poetics of gestural invention that brings the cinema back to its origins in live performance: circus, acrobatics, vaudeville, gymnastics.”