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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.
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.
Darezhan Omirbaev's sixth feature-whose unnamed, largely quiet protagonist lives in a poor area of Almaty, Kazakhstan-is a pedagogical film.
Unfortunately, Omirbaev fails to invest either the murder plot or its political subtext with much suspense or conviction.
There's much to admire in the film's elegantly classical tempo and the way Omirbayev achieves so much with so little.
You cannot look away from Darezhan Omirbaev's "Student", as you can't look away from any of the Kazakh director's films, for each and every shot is quietly but powerfully charged.
'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.
More Oliver Stone than Dostoyevsky. A go for the jugular attack on Khazakstan's business/gangster ruling class.
Kazakh cinema's stalwart auteur Darzhan Omirbaev adapts Crime and Punishment to modern-day Almaty, but with little to say beyond the obvious.
It certainly doesn't outlast its welcome and fulfils its admittedly modest ambitions.
The use of gorgeous spare wrapping for complex ideas is an inspired choice that keeps the entire project both accessible and stimulating.
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