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      Roads to Koktebel

      2003 1h 45m Drama List
      Reviews 70% Audience Score 500+ Ratings After a widowed father (Igor Csernyevics) is fired from his engineering job due to his alcoholism, he and his 11-year-old son (Gleb Puskepalis) set out from their Moscow home on foot, jumping trains and hitching rides towards the Crimean coast. On the way, they barter a stay at the rural shack of a cantankerous recluse, Mikhail (Vladimir Kucherenko), but the father is shot in a drunken argument. He stays on with a tender nurse (Agrippina Steklova), and the son heads off by himself. Read More Read Less

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      Anton Bitel Eye for Film here the father and son are not so much returning home as trying to build a new one on the foundations of Russia's history, in a terra incognita where values, and even names, have changed. Jan 11, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A road movie that plays out as a restrained human drama, that's mysterious and keenly observant. Rated: B+ Aug 20, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member 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... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member http://henrysheehan.com/reviews/jkl/koktebel.html Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member '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. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After a widowed father (Igor Csernyevics) is fired from his engineering job due to his alcoholism, he and his 11-year-old son (Gleb Puskepalis) set out from their Moscow home on foot, jumping trains and hitching rides towards the Crimean coast. On the way, they barter a stay at the rural shack of a cantankerous recluse, Mikhail (Vladimir Kucherenko), but the father is shot in a drunken argument. He stays on with a tender nurse (Agrippina Steklova), and the son heads off by himself.
      Director
      Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksei Popogrebsky
      Producer
      Roman Borisevich
      Screenwriter
      Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksei Popogrebsky
      Production Co
      Koktebel Film Company, PBOUL Borisevich R.U.
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Russian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 45m