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In 2014, Ukrainian surgeon Serhiy enlists to fight Russian military forces in the Donbass region, where he’s captured by enemy soldiers. Now a prisoner of war, Serhiy is forced to witness horrifying scenes of humiliation and violence at the hands of the Russian invaders, his medical background co-opted to dispense mercy killings to the tortured. After his release, he returns to his comfortable middle-class apartment, still suffering from the trauma of his experiences. Looking inward, Serhiy tries to find a purpose in life by rebuilding his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife, learning how to be a human being again through being a father. Written, directed, produced, shot and edited by acclaimed Ukrainian filmmaker Valentyn Vasyanovych, REFLECTION is a meticulously-composed depiction of pain — and redemption — that Variety called “one of the most intellectually provocative and rewarding films” of the 2021 Venice Film Festival.
"Mark my words: Vasyanovych is the real deal. He will be regarded as a new master with the release of each new film in the future. His almost surrealist formalist approach to filmmaking is akin to the works of Swedish master Roy Andersson…. A truly impactful and impressive film." —Dustin Chang, Screen Anarchy “New York Times Critic’s Pick: REFLECTION is interested in the impact of casual violence on everyday life, right from its opening tableau…. The situation seems all the more charged if you know that REFLECTION, written, directed, photographed and edited by Valentyn Vasyanovych, is a Ukrainian film. It would be a bracing, haunting work even if it weren’t so timely." —Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times "A painful observation of a nation’s suffering through the microcosm of a singular protagonist. Vasyanovych has an ability to goad us into disturbing but necessary contemplation past the final credits of a grueling, beautifully shot film." —Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema