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The Girl and Death

The Girl and Death (2014)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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In Russia of the post-WWII era, aging doctor Nicolai (Sergey Makovetsky - DUSKA) returns to an old, abandoned hotel outside of Liepzig, Germany, the place where he first met his great love 50 years ago, and relives his romantic tragedy. The hotel still bears the traces of its impressive past. As a young medical student travelling from Moscow en route to Paris, young Nicolai (Leonid Bichevin) meets and falls in love with the beautiful courtesan Elise (Sylvia Hoeks) at the hotel, which is also a


Drama, Romance

Jos Stelling, Bert Rijkelijkhuizen

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (9)

What emerges is a hypnotic, strangely wistful and affecting portrait.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The film's emotional center rings coldly hollow, its star-crossed lovers coming off more like projected figures than flesh-and-blood players.

April 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's no sense that the film recognizes its own absurd elements.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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The movie proves to be a fragile conceit. It's as likely to fall apart and cause frustration as it is to induce a reverie.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Atmosphere and nostalgia trump all in Pushkin-loving romance.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Though consistently watchable, never plucks the heartstrings in the way of a great star-crossed romance.

April 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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With far too much focus on form and feeling rather than a coherent story and character depth, the filmmaker diminishes what the meaning of cinema is all about. And opts instead for the silent imagery and still gaze more suited to the medium of fine art.

May 17, 2014 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

A leisurely-paced, operative love story with well-nuanced performances. If there were any justice, it would be nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Set Design and Best Cinematography.

April 28, 2014 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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The sort of movie in which one character will say "Love destroys everything; love is an illusion" to another character mere seconds after the two characters are introduced.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source:

As lifeless as its heroine, whose fate is so baldly spelled out in that title, this period confection strives for high romance but achieves mere ennui.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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There's a difference between elemental melodrama and superficial clichés, and gorgeous cinematography and period production design can only delay this recognizance for so long-and certainly not for two grueling hours.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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A sumptuous production about a courtesan and a young man who tries to win her away from a rich count.

April 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Compuserve

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Foreign Titles

  • Das Mädchen und der Tod (DE)
  • The Girl and Death (Het Meisje en de Dood) (UK)
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