Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Student (Darezhan Omirbayev, 2013)

I was not particularly taken with Omirbayev's Student, a wan retelling of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment that reduces the complexities of the prose and its philosophical annihilation and desperate search for grace into a set of thin, anti-capitalist signifiers. Bresson already showed people how to adapt this novel with a spare style, but the chaotic tone underneath appears nowhere in Omirbayev's tidy bore.

My full review is up at Spectrum Culture.

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