Reflecting on the legacy of Chornobyl, it has made a successful festival circuit around the world, but in Ukraine the movie may struggle to connect with the actual victims of the tragedy.
French-Israeli director Michale Boganim shot the film about a woman coming to terms with losing her husband to radiation on their wedding day. Aptly captured feelings of pain, anger and inability to move on seem to have a universal appeal, but it is the details that will estrange the audience wearing Ukrainian glasses.
From the beginning, things go awry. Women are washing clothes in the Pripyat River despite the fact that it is 1986 and the washing machine has already been invented. Vodka is better established than some of the characters in the first 30 minutes, with people, including a bride, taking solace in it before the plant deals a nuclear blow. And the subject of a foreign husband for a pretty, yet destitute Ukrainian woman is offered as one of the solutions to a new life.