The Girl and Death
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The Girl and Death
In Russia of the post-WWII era, aging doctor Nicolai (Sergey Makovetsky - DUSKA) returns to an old, abandoned hotel outside of Liepzig, Germany, the place where he first met his great love 50 years ago, and relives his romantic tragedy. The hotel still bears the traces of its impressive past. As a young medical student travelling from Moscow en route to Paris, young Nicolai (Leonid Bichevin) meets and falls in love with the beautiful courtesan Elise (Sylvia Hoeks) at the hotel, which is also a brothel. Nicolai prolongs his stay, despite Elise's friend Nina's (Renata Litvinova -… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What emerges is a hypnotic, strangely wistful and affecting portrait."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The movie proves to be a fragile conceit. It's as likely to fall apart and cause frustration as it is to induce a reverie."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"With far too much focus on form and feeling rather than a coherent story and character depth, the filmmaker diminishes what the meaning of cinema is all about. And opts instead for the silent imagery and still gaze more suited to the medium of fine art."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"As lifeless as its heroine, whose fate is so baldly spelled out in that title, this period confection strives for high romance but achieves mere ennui."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The film's emotional center rings coldly hollow, its star-crossed lovers coming off more like projected figures than flesh-and-blood players."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Atmosphere and nostalgia trump all in Pushkin-loving romance."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"A leisurely-paced, operative love story with well-nuanced performances. If there were any justice, it would be nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Set Design and Best Cinematography."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"There's a difference between elemental melodrama and superficial clichés, and gorgeous cinematography and period production design can only delay this recognizance for so long-and certainly not for two grueling hours."
‑ Adam Nayman, The Dissolve
"There's no sense that the film recognizes its own absurd elements."
‑ Tomas Hachard, NPR
"Though consistently watchable, never plucks the heartstrings in the way of a great star-crossed romance."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"The sort of movie in which one character will say "Love destroys everything; love is an illusion" to another character mere seconds after the two characters are introduced."
‑ Glenn Kenny,
"A sumptuous production about a courtesan and a young man who tries to win her away from a rich count."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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