An opaque headscratcher that attempts to mirror the detached, stunned state of a bereaved man whose wife died in a plane crash, vet scripter Alexander Mindadze’s helming debut “Soar” is unlikely to resonate outside of Russia. Even there, where it will have a limited release this fall, viewers may wonder what it’s all about. Surprisingly, with such a highly charged subject, there’s no emotional point of entry for auds.
Journalists and family members make their way to an accident site and try to obtain information from a mysterious aviation commission. Protag Viktor (Vitaly Kischenko) isn’t immediately introduced, although, gradually, the narrative unfolds from his p.o.v. — but with the confusing logic leaps of a dream. Viktor meets and abuses some other grieving men, somehow winds up with the strangely jocular flight crew of another plane involved in the incident, and ultimately confronts an air traffic controller. Perfs range from Kishenko’s near-sleepwalking to the floridly nightmarish. Bare bones visual style doesn’t clearly signify helmer’s expressionistic intent, which per press notes, is to make the plane crash a metaphor for the painful disintegration of Russian society in which the common man is the victim.