Student (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

Student (2013)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Synopsis A solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime, spurred on by postmodern musings and a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic of "eat or be eaten." Inspired by Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, director Darezhan Omirbayev roots his nameless student in the losing segment of Kazakhstan's new capitalist era, whose population watches the rich rise above common legal proscriptions and old-fashioned communal values. Omirbayev's brooding protagonist may prove the willing student of the age, but he alone reckons with the consequences of his actions-a gesture strikingly at odds with a world losing a consistent concept of justice. (c) Global Film Initiativemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Darezhan Omirbayev
In Theaters:
Global Film Initiative - Official Site

News & Interviews for Student

Critic Reviews for Student

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Set in modern-day Kazakhstan, where the quiet is broken only by brutishness, this classically shot and edited film is a spare yet entrancing tale drawn with precise strokes.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

A sense of existential dread that would make the Russkie novelist beam is channeled beautifully, but for a filmmaker lauded for his minimalist aesthetic, Omirbayev sure loves broad-stroke symbolism and sloganeering.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Darezhan Omirbaev's sixth feature-whose unnamed, largely quiet protagonist lives in a poor area of Almaty, Kazakhstan-is a pedagogical film.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Omirbaev fails to invest either the murder plot or its political subtext with much suspense or conviction.

Full Review… | May 19, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

There's much to admire in the film's elegantly classical tempo and the way Omirbayev achieves so much with so little.

Full Review… | May 19, 2012
Top Critic

'Crime and Punishment' transplanted to post-Soviet Kazakhstan, where a ruthless new capitalism is creating millionaires and gangsters; the film suggests there isn't much difference between the two.

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Student

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about Student!

Student Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Student on our Movie forum!