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Donbass (2018)



Critic Consensus: Brutally powerful and brilliantly filmed, Donbass illustrates man's inhumanity with visceral effectiveness.

Movie Info

In the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine, mid-2010s: a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by Russian-separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth, and hatred is declared to be love. Life is suffused with fear and suspicion. What is real and what is fake news? Called "a darkly satirical omnibus of scathing vignettes" by the Washington Post, DONBASS serves as a crucial interpretation of the Russo-Ukrainian war, but the film is not, ultimately, a tale of one region or one conflict. It is about a world lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.


Critic Reviews for Donbass

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (12)

There's no other antiwar film quite like "Donbass," Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa's brutally matter-of-fact, cynically comic string of vignettes depicting social destabilization in the titular war-ravaged region of eastern Ukraine.

November 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Donbass is fueled by collisions between the grave and the comic.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

It's sometimes confusing and often depressing, but shot through with a grim absurdism.

May 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sergei Loznitsa - art cinema's ultimate bad time merchant. Long may he reign.

April 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A very dark comedy that groans under the grim detritus of a still intractable conflict.

April 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The pacing is deliberate but this cool approach serves only to magnify the distressing insights into a dangerous world in which lawless fanatics have assumed control.

October 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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