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Dovlatov takes the novel approach of dramatizing just six days in the protagonist's life. And where traditional biopics devote at least some time to the subjects' creative achievements, Dovlatov is concerned exclusively with the hero's failures.
[An] aimless period drama.
An unusually entertaining bio-drama covering six days in the life of beleaguered Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov.
Evokes the pervasively banal paranoia of Leningrad under Brezhnev with a certain ease.
Maric, in his first lead role, exudes gentility with physical strength.
An evocative portrait of a stagnant era.
One week is enough to go through diverse tones within an outstanding work that captures an unbreathable vital atmosphere and resuscitates the lucidity of the writer. [Full Review in Spanish]
The movie is full of fine performances, but there's a whole lot of talking and a whole lot of repetition without much of a plot.
According to the film, truly courageous artists aren't necessarily the ones who tackle the state head-on, but rather the ones who stay true to themselves even when no one likes what they have to say.
More a portrait of a period of increasing conservative ideologies than a justifiable biopic of a determined writer, Dovlatov proves German Jr.'s ability to present something more digestible and straightforward.
Progressing in such a way that neither its premise nor endpoint is clear, the film is simultaneously persistent on a scene-to-scene basis and yet elusive in its totality.
An imaginatively realistic recreation of a bygone era of Russian culture, when literature and art were considered matters of life and death - and when holding onto your artistic integrity could literally damage your chances of survival.
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