Roads to Koktebel

Directed by Boris Khlebnikov, Alexei Popogrebsky
Film Movement
2003
105 Minutes
Russia
Russian
Drama
Eastern European
Not Rated
DVD $150.00
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PPR $350.00
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After his wife's death and the loss of his job, an aerodynamics engineer sets off from Moscow with his 11 year old son for his sister's house in Koktebel by the Black Sea. With no money or means of transport, they drift through the expansive landscapes of Russia at the mercy of chance. The father is content to meander as he tries to rebuild his self-respect, piece together his broken life & win back the trust of his son. Meanwhile, the boy impatiently dreams of reaching the mythic coastal resort to start a new life of emancipation and gliders flying in the wind. When the father meets & falls for a beautiful young doctor, the boy sees her as an intrusion on the only loving relationship in his life sets off to complete the journey by himself.

"Not unlike the celebrated works of Russian filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky and Aleksandr Sokurov, Khlebnikov and Popogrebsky’s film boasts a rich visual texture and deliberate pacing that will ultimately reward those who are patient. Highly recommended." - Video Librarian

  • Highest Rating
    "In less talented hands, the plot could have turned into just another road movie. Instead, [Popogrebsky and Khlebnikov's] taut script, skill with performers and loving eye for natural beauty create a film that recalls vintage Terrence Malick."
    Leslie Felperin, Variety

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