Rome at the source of the beginning
Romulus and Remus are the names included in the annals of history. They are as sonorous as Attila and Peter I, Genghis Khan and Joseph Stalin. Overgrown with legends. Now, with the glorious echoes of its time. Who else was nursed by a she-wolf besides these twins? Perhaps Mowgli, whose breadwinner was Raksha. Although Rudyard Kipling is listed in the fathers of the Indian boy. He gave him a start in life. The fate of the Italian twins is even cooler, even harder. Not only did they become 'humanized' after animal education, speech appeared, growling 'passed', stopped moving on all fours. But the most important thing is that, among other things, I managed to socialize among my own kind. And not just anyhow, but to take a leading position, to rise extraordinarily. And over the years, Romulus, killing Remus all the same (the bestial principle prevailed in any way?), Also organized a settlement. Turning Rome into a city known to everyone and everyone. But that's not all. It is he who owns the establishment of the Senate with a 'caste' distribution of patricians and plebeians. The institution of patrons and clients is also formed here. Dependence of some on others. Moreover, the main army unit is legion, also from Romulus. When you think about this, cold sweat breaks through the frontal swelling, you just want to snort - why weren't you and me, dear ones, were fed by she-wolves? Why should we, the fate of a cradle with a cradle, instead of a forest burrow with a rookery? You look and a good deal would come out of us. And we would create, develop, organize ...
A short segment in the formation of historical characters was chosen by the author for demonstration. 753 BC. Two shepherdesses are 18 years old. Captured by the enemy, they should become a bargaining chip for offering sacrifice to the gods. And the first duels of the gladiators in the lists originate in these days. Here is death and here is salvation. Here is death and here is finding oneself. Rise to the unquestioning obedience of others. We understood and felt the leader's charisma. It's like Maximus is sworn in in Gladiator (2000) or Spartacus (1967). However, the path of great accomplishments, like the great mission of human destiny, is always associated with a balancing principle in nature. You take, then you have to give something meaningful, worthwhile. In other words, an equivalent exchange must be done with the unmanifest world. Initiation is the same everywhere. Through renunciation. And here, according to legend, through the murder of one by another. And the way is open. Own the delights of the world. Do what you want. The answer will not be long in coming. But that later. Then.
The Italian-Belgian composition turned out to be very unusual in its visual component. The viewer plunges into the era without experiencing the discomfort of disbelief. Everything is organic. And the costume show, and the faces of the heroes, battle scenes in a few fights with swords. Scenes of nature are exacerbated by the addition of video material - hunting, avoiding pursuits, night fires. All this serves the general idea. The actors do not drop out of roles, they are very convincing in reincarnation. As they say, the mosquito will not undermine the nose. Roughness, if any, is insignificant. Not striking.
Mid-budget or even low-budget European-made "economy" movies look like a worthy opponent to Hollywood blockbusters. And although the scope of calibers is not comparable, this movie also has the right to life. In the hearts of a grateful audience, it will find for itself more than one portion of avats. And deserved.
What did it recall? What has become an echo? Perhaps a roll call can be considered the Danish painting 'Valhalla: The Viking Saga' (2009), the Dutch 'Radbod' (2018), the Irish 'Pilgrimage' (2017), the Norwegian 'Birkebeiners' (2016), the Israeli 'Golem: The Beginning' (2018) ... Everywhere the spirit of the nation, ritualism, way of life, culture are vibrantly sounding.
7 out of 10