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Arrhythmia (2017)Arrhythmia (2017)

Arrhythmia (2017)

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.8

movie

Finland, Germany

Russian

Depressing, Dramatic, Slice-of-Life

2017

Boris Khlebnikov

Aleksandr Samoylenko, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Anna Ichetovkina

112 min

Synopsis

Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works as a nurse at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce. The new head of Oleg’s EMA department is a cold-hearted manager who’s got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn’t care less about the rules – he’s got lives to save; his attitude gets him in trouble with the new boss. The crisis at work coincides with the personal life crisis. Caught up between their patients, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, and an evolving health care system, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that will keep them together.

Our Take

8.8
Bilal Zouheir

This is an excellent Russian movie about an ambulance unit and the paramedic that leads it. 

His long-time relationship starts suffering from a combination of alcoholism and his devotion to his work, which are also linked together. This is set in a country where ambulances are underfunded and the health-care system is frail. 

As a consequence, the story of Arrhythmia is one of a worker dedicated to saving their patients’ lives in a system that seems not to care. This is portrayed in the ambulance’s everyday missions, but also in the paramedic’s decaying relationship. It’s Blue Valentine meets an Andrey Zvyagintsev movie like Elena. Sadly, it might be more realistic than both those movies, and added to the fact that it’s Russian, it has stayed severely under-watched since it came out.

Comments

M
moobees

Beautiful movie. A really gut wrenching portrayal of a problematic relationship where the characters love each other and have redeeming qualities but can’t overcome their flaws. It is on the long list of movies that have made me cry.

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