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Russian Road Trip,
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"Koktebel" is a minimalist Russian film filmed in the style of Andrei Tarkovsky. It follows the road trip of a father and son across the Russian countryside from Moscow to the Crimean town of Koktebel. There are many exquisitely composed images in the film which turn the bleakness of the rural Russian landscape and the ugliness of much of it's architecture into things of beauty. In that sense the film is reminiscent of the stunning Turkish film "Uzak". There is superb cinematography throughout "Koktebel" , but despite the excellent acting and characterisation there is not much of a story to the film. We learn little about the background of the father and son, other than that they are trying to start a new life following the death of the boy's mother and that the father is an alcoholic. The pair meet a variety of colourful people on their journey to the Crimea and their relationship gets stretched to breaking point after the father finds a love interest en route. "Koktebel" is an atmospheric and thoughtful film and anyone who enjoys the films of Tarkovsky should like this too.