Mild sexual references.
A man, his wife and his young daughter are seen nude and partially nude in their home. The woman’s bare back and the girl’s buttocks are exposed.
A man grabs a woman’s clothed breasts. The scene is comic.
A married couple has sex, partially clothed. The woman is riding him at the beginning, and then they climax and stop.
Only the woman’s back and shoulders are seen.
Two brief close-ups of a woman’s clothed buttocks.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


When I realized that I had spent 30 pounds on tickets, 35 pounds on transportation and 15 pounds on extra lunch to watch the play, I prayed in my heart: don’t let people down. This 80 pounds could have been used to buy 30 boxes of eggs, two hot pots or a dress.

Burn by the sun didn’t disappoint.

I was a little disappointed when I saw half of it. When mitya ridiculed Sergei with justice, I saw the familiar black-and-white distinction of “the righteous condemn the fallen”. But the second part of the play dramatized a U-turn, and the whole story suddenly became three-dimensional.

The story took place in the Soviet Union in 1936. Sergei was a Soviet general, marousia was his young wife, and Nadia was their lovely daughter. Their family, as well as many relatives and friends of marousia, went on vacation by the lake. The happy holiday was interrupted by a sudden visitor: mitya, marousia’s old lover, came suddenly after 12 years of disappearance. He accused marousia of betraying their love, selling herself for glory and taking refuge in the general. Marousia accused him of leaving without saying goodbye. An ugly fact gradually emerged: when mitya left without saying goodbye, it was Sergei’s Secret Order: in order to get her, Sergei secretly sent him to Paris as an intelligence officer. Mitya accepted the task for “the opportunity to return to her hometown”, but left for 12 years. But does mitya really have to be a spy? Sergei asked him: what have you done all these years? You betray your friends and become a secret policeman. Your hands are covered with blood. It’s not for “the chance to return to your hometown”. You’re the executioner who sells yourself for glory. Then a more ugly fact emerged: mitya’s trip was to arrest Sergei as a secret police – in 1936, on the eve of Stalin’s party cleansing.

If the play has a central idea, it can be summarized by this short dialogue between mitya and Sergei:

Mitya: you know better than anyone that I was forced!

Sergei: there is no so-called compulsion. Everyone has a choice, as long as you are willing to pay the price!

Everyone has a choice. In other words, no, or not just, Stalin’s evil, no, or not just, the obscenity of the KGB, no, or not just, the terror of the Gulag islands created the terror of anti-terrorism and cleansing, which was the choice made by everyone – every ordinary person – at that time. Autocracy can not succeed by one person’s trick. It must be the result of the joint efforts of thousands of people: their “assistance”, or at least their silence, has paved the way for autocrats.

In other words, although mitya had no choice but to be a spy, he was not innocent, because 12 years of exposure had made him the system itself; Although the accusation that Sergei was a “German spy” was completely slandered, he was not innocent because he was one of the biggest vested interests in the system before the cleansing. Even marousia and her family are not innocent. It is their more than ten years of silence that makes the system more and more solid. When marousia’s grandmother kept remembering how beautiful the “pre liberation” music was, Sergei asked: if you really think how beautiful the past was, why don’t you stand up and defend it? You had a chance to choose.

“You had a chance to choose,” says the essence of liberalism. As a political philosophy, liberalism is a theory about the role of government, but on the other hand, it is also a theory about personal responsibility – because it is the individual’s practice of freedom in his daily life that makes it possible to limit the government’s dictatorship. A free system is like a highway. Without the constant cleaning and repair of countless cleaners and road builders, it will soon degenerate into a wilderness in the wind and sun. In this sense, the premise of a “minimum government” is precisely “the most sufficient individual”. The impulse of human beings to escape freedom through left-wing or right-wing totalitarianism can also be understood, because greater freedom means greater responsibility, because a free man is destined to be a spiritual orphan, he has no one to rely on except his own mind and heart.

Watching this play, I can’t help thinking of the cruel political movement in China. From the 1980s to now, “Scar Literature” has emerged one after another. From the old right to the red guards, almost everyone claims to be a victim. Maybe all these people should go to burn by the sun, then they may understand: if you have actively criticized others in the early stage of the cultural revolution, you will no longer be innocent if you are driven down in the late stage of the cultural revolution; If you once forced farmers to hand over non-existent stored grain in the great leap forward, you will no longer be innocent if you were criticized in the four Qing Dynasties; If you have violently deprived the property of “rich land against bad right”, then you will no longer be innocent when you watched your food robbed by village cadres in the commune movement; If you have accepted the title and treatment of this committee member with ease, you will no longer be innocent when you are beaten to the right… If you keep silent in all these movements, when you are involved in the machine of political struggle, you should know that it is not others, you, yourself, your own grave digger.

Of course, it may be too extravagant to criticize historical figures today. The choice between physical destruction and spiritual destruction may not be freedom at all. The cruelty of autocratic system is that it allows individuals to choose between this “impossible” and that “impossible”. From this perspective, people born and raised in today’s era may not be better, but they are more lucky. Perhaps what people of any era can do is to say no in time before “possible” becomes “impossible”.

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