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The Asthenic Syndrome

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

The Asthenic Syndrome (Astenicheskiy sindrom)

Unclassified 18+

Melbourne Cinematheque

24 Jun

Kira Muratova cleverly drags her audience through this masterpiece of Glasnost by tragi-comic means, creating a window into the future of post-communist Russia through the lens of affliction – an entire society taken by the ‘Asthenic Syndrome’, once known as hypochondria. 

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  • Banned by the Soviet government for obscenity, this caustic and allegorical epic uses colour and its absence to great effect, enhancing a narrative that gradually builds walls of discomfort around an imprisoned audience as it battles identification with its frustrating and frustrated protagonist.