26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Calm, relaxing, beautiful,
This review is from: Koktebel [DVD] (DVD)
I found this film incredibly calming to watch. The pace is slow, perhaps even mournful, but this is so every inch of the beautiful Russian landscape is captured by the camera. The camera work is truly wonderful on this film, lingering on wide scale shots of the bleak Russian steppe in order to let that unique landscape and its splendour fully impact on the audience.
However, such slow pacing means that the story itself has substantially less impact than its backdrop. Substantial events are simply too far apart from each other for the story to have any real cohesive structure. The character based story is still quite strong, especially in the case of the father whose weaknesses and failings are revealed slowly as the story progresses. I found the character of the son rather flat, however, and based too heavily on childhood petulance. He acts as a tool of the film maker rather than as an independent character, for it is through the child that the weaknesses of the parent are revealed.
In conclusion, well worth watching. Despite some weaknesses in its story, the film is still highly memorable for the love and care that has clearly gone into crafting it.