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Roads to Koktebel Reviews

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½ February 10, 2013
An intersting film that is more layered than first thought...The cinematography of the sprawling, isolated Russian landscape is beautiful to behold. The sparing use of sound and dialogue works in the films favourr and perfectly compliments the solitude of the characters surroundings...
January 6, 2013
Attractive, slow-core Russian road movie about a down-on-his-luck man travelling cross-country with his 12yr old son, in hopes of settling into a normal life, following the death of his wife and his (hinted at) recovery from alcoholism. The film plays on the contrasting expectations for the future of father and son, the difference between their dreams and how the son is stubbornly - and passionately - prepared to go it alone.
April 4, 2012
A road movie, from Moscow to Koktebel, told in vignettes. It's a hard life brought on by death and alcoholism, and we see the aftermath of those events unfold. The wishful thinking of the child only proves to create more disappointment. Simply told, creatively shot and open to several interpretations.
½ September 5, 2011
'Roads to Koktebel' is a simple and a very touching film. It may appear peaceful on the outside, but there is a lot more going on between the father and the son than the dialogue sometimes reveals. Great camerawork, top notch acting with very believable humanity. Anyone who thought that the film was cruel to the animals - the credits say that no animals were harmed in the making of the film. Besides, if you've ever lived by the sea, you'd know that seagulls are like the rats of the sky. The ending was perfect, though sad... leaving the viewers with hope of a new life for the characters.
½ January 23, 2011
Shot in the lingering, moody style of Terence Mallick, this a "road" movie of a father and son (age 10) in contemporary Russia. Dad's jobless and flat broke. So now they're traveling any way they can to get to Koktebel a thousand miles away on the Crimean coast, where there's a relative and possible work. They have some episodes en route (including one love affair for Dad--PG rated). Then they get separated...but find each other again. The film ends. Like a Chekhov short story this plot doesn't have the standard Beginning, Middle, End. Just the Middle. Hence I wouldn't recommend it to most Americans but I kinda liked it. Certainly gets an A grade for authenticity.
July 18, 2010
A journey of a widower and his son from Moscow to Koktebel, a city in the Crimea peninsula. Dragged at times, but still touching
December 5, 2009
Realistically dreamy
September 4, 2009
Koktebel . Although beautiful it was pretty tedious and boring in parts. The story was O.K but it just did not thrill me whatsoever - the only thing that kept me from turning off the television was my curiosity for the ending was was quite disapointing . The film lacked a story; there was a bit but way too little and way too uninteresting to make me want to watch it again.
½ February 10, 2009
Alcohol is bad. Look after your kid. Walk.

What was the point of it?
½ January 19, 2009
Dipressing and boring. The camera stood still for hours, no dialogs, just empty screenshots. icannot understand why these kind of movies are awarded.
December 8, 2008
Written by a 20th century Russian John Steinbeck as far as the story goes (which means it is quite slow, but still generates some provocative scenes). The action is rather slow, but the cinematography is spectacular. There is a lot left to the imagination and story-creating of the viewer.
November 10, 2008
Slow movie but intresting how Russians live.
½ October 11, 2008
good cinematography, just needs some dialogue and a story and it could be a good movie.
September 20, 2008
Another typical Russian arthouse piece. An exercise in shoegazing, but I was drawn in by its atmosphere.
August 3, 2008
A good film but not sure it ends properly. It just seems to stop. The film shows the expanse and richness of the Russian landscape. It is rather a quiet film. Many of the shots are silent and present simple images of everyday life.
July 26, 2008
Good but the directing style is too pretentious.
June 12, 2008
This film is so peaceful and beautifull and has been filmed so well. It is very realistic and has some very long camera shots in a fixed position where u watch the charcaters walk across the field. Also another fixed camera was placed on a moving train looking out across the Russian countryside. The way natural light and natural sound was used is so beautifull it shows that a film doesn't need all the music sountracks etc. Well worth a watch.
May 17, 2008
Very sparse and ambient. A wonderful account of a father and sons journey to Koktebel form Moscow. They have no means of transport
½ April 12, 2008
It was touching alright. Some great moments to remember(toilet trance, "Meat!"). A few a-la Tarkovski shots. The eternal roads-of-Russia grief..
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