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      Duska (Dushka)

      2007 List
      20% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 56% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member It's got a young Sylvia Hoeks in it. That's enough really. But I just loved the story which is a glorious mix of emotions. I loved it's gloriously unconventional idiosyncratic sillyness and pathos. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member An older film critic's life gets interrupted by an unexpected visitor. He is busy dreaming about a much younger and smashingly beautiful girl that works at the cinema near his home. He watches films, he interact we few people, and he tries to write up a story for a film. He lives in a small apartment and seem to have a pretty isolated and sad life, but he seem to enjoy his excistense. There are very little dialogue here. I wondered if two of the leads where mute until the film had lasted for nearly 30 minutes. Then comes the third lead - Duska. A man that don't know a word Dutch, he only speaks Russian. As we figure out what he wants, we also can ask the same question to the other leads - what do they want? It looks good and the first part of it is interesting and very good. The later part seem like a step in the wrong direction and it's a segment that seem too long for it's purpose. At times very relatable, quite sad film with some moments of happiness. A bit artsy - the director catches me as an light version of Alex van Warmerdam. 7 out of 10 snack eating tricks. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A sentimental, dumb, revolting and long story about one thing only: abuse of hospitality. Quite an interesting movie if you know Russianover-the-top hospitality traditions and Western European just-enough hospitality. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member A cute comedic Dutch production that tests western European feeling towards an integration with the big Russian bear now that the boundaries have blurred. When life follows art ... and art being just a representation of something already seen before. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member And the dirt goes: "Bob! Bob!" Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member It is a little different. However, being Ukrainian, I am a bit disappointed how Eastern Europeans are portrayed in the movie. Plus, Duska, Ukrainian homeless man is being played by Russian actor. I think it is a bit odd too. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jennie Punter Globe and Mail Its captivating visual storytelling makes it a work of pure cinema. Rated: 3/4 Apr 10, 2009 Full Review Greg Quill Toronto Star After the first 30 minutes, rendered almost entirely without dialogue, an uneasy blend of sentimental comic haze and sinister Pinter-esque gloom settles over Dutch director Jos Stelling's visually engaging but not quite satisfying Duska. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 10, 2009 Full Review Jay Weissberg Variety Starts well, with playful, warmhearted lensing following the shy protag as he watches his fantasy girl, but soon the characters become a deadly combination of unfunny and moronic, like Mr. Bean without the charm. Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Liz Braun Jam! Movies Chances are you'll see it much more clearly as an experiment that goes on too long. Rated: 2/5 Apr 10, 2009 Full Review James Wegg JWR If Duska had ended after the first twenty minutes Jos Stelling's latest effort would have been hailed as a cinematic masterpiece ... Rated: 3/5 Jan 10, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jos Stelling