We now enter into another inferno created by Sergei Loznitsa, “Krotkaya,” a film presented at the Cannes festival, even as the memory of tourists at the Holocaust monument in his film “Austerlitz” has not yet disappeared. He is a literary documentarian, in this case for the many references that make up the picture, the social situation, the popular and classical music quotations. The picture is a fictional reportage on the peregrinations of “a sweet woman” who decides to find out what happened to her husband, imprisoned “for nothing” and no longer traceable.
She is overcome not only by the bureaucratic vortex. She is helpless to react, but ready to follow any shortcut or promise of a possible solution: She is surrounded by a frantic society, trapped in a situation without any way out. If it weren’t for the multitude of references to Slavic culture, it would seem that Loznitsa were composing the Inferno chapter of a Comedy, but without divine judgment.
We are therefore intrigued by the reaction of the audience, enchanted by the rhythm and the style of the film, and finally annoyed by the last scene, in which we find all the protagonists free of their everyday clothes: policemen, state employees, ticket clerks, fixers, lawyers, faculty, Mafia bosses, old witches, drunkards and whores, in a sort of presentation of all the public and subtle functions of society, guests of a great reception where each one offers their own full dedication and loyalty to power. Although for different reasons, everyone is equally accountable for the situation.