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Perhaps this was just a matter of a great mind feeling as if her life spoke for itself.
Jendreyko has clearly considered how best to translate an entire life into a movie.
It would probably be enough just to observe Geier's daily routine; she's fascinating even when silently contemplating a page in her next project.
Vintage newsreels and family photos add depth to this meditative film.
Geier, who died in 2010, speaks on all subjects -- from her son's mortal injury to the nature of her various collaborations -- with the contemplative, courtly intelligence of her favorite novels.
Literary Translators Gone Wild!
A no-nonsense intelligently engaging biopic documentary.
The film eventually reveals itself as a specific appreciation of a job done well, rather than a rosy-eyed celebration.
It's an interesting story, well told, though Mr. Jendreyko overworks some documentary fallbacks: gnarled fingers, the view from a moving train.
An elegant and lyrical documentary about renowned translator Svetlana Geier, who has dedicated her life to translating Russian literature into German, more specifically, the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Geier, who lived an extraordinary life, coming of age during WWII in the Ukraine and Germany, has both a keen mastery and unique appreciation of the beauty of language, which the film evokes with great beauty.
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