Original title: “(M)uchenik”
Russia – Drama – Year: 2016 – Running time: 118 mins
A fascinating and highly topical treatment of religious fundamentalism and how it takes root, especially in the young. Lauded and awarded at Cannes, 2016, it is the story of Venya, a good looking if sullen teen, who disturbs his mother and teachers when he starts declaiming from a tattered Bible he constantly carries with him. He comes increasingly in conflict with one of his teachers, Elena, the self-proclaimed defender of ‘liberal’ values.
Beautifully shot… The Student is a purposely exaggerated satire that feels simultaneously mindful and nerve-wracking.
Filipe Freitas (Film Threat)
Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Betrayal (2012) / Yuri’s Day (2008) / Playing the Victim (2006)
Pyotr Skvortsov … Veniamin Yuzhin
Viktoriya Isakova … Elena Krasnova
Yuliya Aug … Inga Yuzhina
Aleksandr Gorchilin … Grigoriy Zaytsev
Aleksandra Revenko … Lidiya Tkacheva
Svetlana Bragarnik … Lyudmila Stukalina
(for full cast, and more information, see “The Student” in IMDB)