The Ascent evaluation action

2022-07-05 21:00
The film shows that in war, people are faced with a series of "abnormal" situations, forcing themselves to make the strictest choice - a choice between life and death. Under the conditions of war, to maintain human nature and human dignity, it is often necessary to pay the highest price. Rybakov saw his comrade-in-arms being hanged and wanted to commit suicide to relieve his carbuncle, but he finally succeeded. On the surface, it is because the conditions do not allow it, but in fact, the mentality of stealing a living has the upper hand. But surrender did not bring happiness. The portrayal of the two people in the film is not oversimplified.
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The Ascent quotes

  • Portnov, the Nazi interrogator: You want to save the woman without giving up anything? That won't work. You'll have to trouble your conscience. One way or the other, you'll have to. There's no way out. None.

    Sotnikov: I won't betray anyone. Not anyone. There are things more important than one's own hide.

    Portnov, the Nazi interrogator: [laughs] Where? What is it? What's it made of? That's nonsense. We're mortal. With death, everything ends for up, all of life. The entire world. It's not worth it. For what? As an example for future generations? But you won't have a heroic death, either. You won't just die. You'll croak like a traitor. And if you won't tell, someone else will. And we'll write it off to you. Understand?

    Sotnikov: Scum. Human scum.

  • Portnov, the Nazi interrogator: [Sotnikov asks for Portnov] What now?

    Sotnikov: Do something... for them.

    Portnov, the Nazi interrogator: And that's all, citizen "Ivanov"?

    Sotnikov: No. Not Ivanov. My name's Sotnikov. Commander, Red Army. Born in 1917. Bolshevik. Party member since 1935. Teacher by profession. At the start of the war, I commanded a battery. It's a shame I didn't kill more of you bastards. My name is Sotnikov, Boris Andreevich. I have a father, a mother and a motherland.

    Portnov, the Nazi interrogator: [returning back] Herr Major, nothing important.

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