Sergei Loznitsa’s In the Fog is an earthy and a powerful exploration of the reaction to war and occupation, as told through the experiences of three Belarussian resistance fighters.
Loznitsa allows the film to unwind slowly, using flashbacks to reveal the impact of the Nazi arrival on each of the trio.
Anyone hoping for a re-telling of Defiance (2008) will be disappointed, this is a film focussed on the consequences of war, not an action film. Those looking for something deeper than the typical gung-ho big screen war tale will however find much to enjoy.
In the Fog is a near-perfect exploration of war’s consequences, with sparse dialogue and a brutal, almost inhumane look that nicely matches the story.
Our verdict: 4/5
In the Fog is showing as part of the 56th BFI London Film Festival. Visit bfi.org.uk/lff for screening details and booking info.