Primul film al tetralogiei in care Alexandr Sokhurov analizează efectele corupătoare ale puterii. Seria e compusă din trei drame biografice [despre Adolf Hitler, în „Molohul”(1999), Vladimir Lenin „Taurul”(2001), şi împăratul japonez Hirohito în „Soarele”(2005)] și „Faust”(2011).
In 1942, la fortareata Berchtesgarden din Alpii Bavariei, vin pentru cateva ceasuri de relaxare Eva Braun, Hitler si colaboratorii lui apropiati Martin Bormann si Joseph Goebbels, cel din urma impreuna cu sotia sa, Magda. Structura narativa a filmului e construita pe relatia dintre cea mai detestata figura a secolului al XX-lea – Adolf Hitler – si singura fiinta care a indraznit vreodata sa-l contrazica, iubita sa, Eva Braun, in legatura cu care Sokurov lanseaza o tulburatoare intrebare: daca e adevarat ca ne putem salva prin iubire, cum afirma religia crestina, suntem, oare, izbaviti si atunci cand iubim un monstru?
Each film of Alexandre Sokurov, considered by many the living Andrei Tarkovsky of the Russian cinema, is a new revelation. Moloch's narrative structure is based on the relationship between one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, Adolf Hitler, and the only person who ever dared to contradict him, his beloved Eva Braun. The year is 1942. On the majestic terraces of the ominous fortress of Berchtesgaden, perched above the Bavarian Alps, a woman prances in the nude, waving randomly at the spying telescopes. This is the restless Eva (Elena Rufanova), who is waiting for her beloved "Adi," the Fuhrer (eonid Mosgovoi), who arrives with a thunder and bolt. In his entourage are his right-hand man Martin Bormann and his propaganda specialist Joseph Goebbels with his loving wife, Magda. The scene is set for a peaceful retreat of several hours. However, an uncontrollable war is raging in the heart of Eva, who is caught in the complexities of a man incapable of intimacy. Rather than a historical treatise, the film is a psychological study of the man who was the terror of the twentieth century and the person who was the closest to him. The clue to how it all happened seems to be hidden in some of the intimate moments between the two characters. Sokurov is dealing with a very sensitive subject in a film which is a complex reflection on power. Each frame carries the mark of his previous nine films and is a testimony to his meticulous art. Moloch is a very powerful film that gives the impression that time is suspended. Particularly for this reason, it is not recommended to those who like their cinema fast paced and light-hearted.
Premii, nominalizări, selecţii:
Cannes (1999) - Cel mai bun scenariu: Aleksandr Sokurov
Academia Europeană de Film (1999) - Cel mai bun film, nominalizat: Aleksandr Sokurov
Academia Europeană de Film (1999) - Cel mai bun operator, nominalizat: Aleksei Fiodorov
Cannes (1999) - Palmierul de Aur, nominalizat: Aleksandr Sokurov