Duska (Dushka) (2007)
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A socially inept middle-aged man is confronted with an unexpected guest even more clueless than himself in this comedy. Bob (Gene Bervoets) is a film critic from the Netherlands who loves and understands the movies but doesn't have the same knack with the real world, especially the opposite sex. Bob is deeply infatuated with a woman (Sylvia Hoeks) who works at the popcorn counter of his favorite movie theater, but while she sometimes flirts with him, he's too nervous to follow through. Bob decides he needs to be more bold if he wants to win his dream girl, but just as he's gathering his courage to lure her back to his apartment, he suddenly finds himself entertaining an unexpected guest. Duska (Sergei Makovetsky) is an even geekier movie buff Bob met at a film festival in Russia , and he's decided to take him up on his offer to let him stay at his flat if he's ever in town. While Duska is cramping the style Bob is trying to develop, the larger problem is that his new houseguest seems to be planning a long-term visit and Bob doesn't know how to get rid of him. Duska was the official submission from the Netherlands for the American Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Duska (Dushka)
Chances are you'll see it much more clearly as an experiment that goes on too long.
After the first 30 minutes, rendered almost entirely without dialogue, an uneasy blend of sentimental comic haze and sinister Pinter-esque gloom settles over Dutch director Jos Stelling's visually engaging but not quite satisfying Duska.
Starts well, with playful, warmhearted lensing following the shy protag as he watches his fantasy girl, but soon the characters become a deadly combination of unfunny and moronic, like Mr. Bean without the charm.
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