The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: As visually arresting as it is thought-provoking, The Student takes a fearlessly confrontational approach to difficult themes -- and proves richly rewarding in its execution.

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A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.

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For most of its running time, The Student is immensely compelling, a terrifying ride between hothouse realism and dreamy metaphor.

Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…

His social criticism can be heavy-handed, but his direction of actors (many of whom had never appeared in a movie before this one) is remarkable; Pyotr Skvortsov is terrifying in the lead.

Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…

A serious, sharply mounted drama that gets more engrossing as it moves along.

Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The narrative starts out in the realm of unfussy realism and grows blacker, richer and more surreal.

Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Kirill Serebrennikov's study of a problem teenager's religious awakening is as aesthetically kinetic as it is intellectually rigorous.

Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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There's surely a sly attack here on Putin's suppression of liberal values.

Feb 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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