The plot is simple. We have the polar station on the island Aarchym (which in our geography does not exist). There is a set of meteorological equipment, the readings from which to take every 4 hours and transfer them to the "mainland" of an old radio, and well, which is something radioactive, which is also a need to make measurements. At the station employed two men: a young intern, Paul Gregory Dobrygin) who is debugging a program on Aarchyme autocommit-data, and the chief, veteran Sergei (Sergei Puskepalis). For Paul, it's a little game: he is constantly goes to the player that plays in the shooter on the computer and comes up with his improvised rides (riding on a radar antenna or, alas, is not strong in technique, jumps on the barrels out of fuel, etc.). Sergei is really all live it. The man of the old school, he did not understand how you can prevent even the slightest misstep in the work rely on technique. This is – two different generations, different worldviews, which can not, and do not particularly want to understand each other.
Two men live alone and have long been irritated with each other (closed space works wonders, alas, more evil). Paul makes a mistake at work, Sergei is not responding adequately, spilling anger at the guy. That make amends (and maybe kinder after a negative spillover? decision to leave the audience), Sergey goes fishing, although authorities did not approve a similar absence. And, according to Murphy's Law, which is always available without misfires, Paul receives a telegram about the accident with his wife and adorable little son Sergei. In light of recent events it seems a frightening guy talk about that Sergei, the more so as the boss said "then nothing ask, do not touch it "and promised that within a few days will come after them icebreaker. But then start all sorts of pads. The situation is prolonged, Paul malodushnichaet, and then, and begins to show its true nature. Played it all very, very decent.
Gregory Dobrygin did not lose against the background of a completely natural Sergei Puskepalis, and makes him a great duo. In addition to these two actors in the film is nature itself. Bear, a little do not try on a tooth of the operator (I think all the talk at the festival was reduced to this story.) Cold and aloof beauty of Chukotka is also working to achieve the desired effect. Many viewers complain hackneyed plot and a strange ending. Good gracious, original stories ended around in biblical times. Or even earlier. And the ending, in my view, entirely in the spirit of the film, and life itself. I can not imagine any another option that would not distracting from the overall mood of the picture. "How I spent this summer" has a strong personality, his own, a recognizable face. This film can and should be present as a gift lovers good, leisurely film, tired of the weak or unthinking craft action. This picture may help to know yourself, to better understand their inner world and, perhaps, be more responsive to people around you. And if someone, thinking about this film, could show a little more courage in everyday matters, it will be a great achievement of the new cinema in Russia.