The Girl and Death
The Girl and Death (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 25, 2014
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

What emerges is a hypnotic, strangely wistful and affecting portrait.

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Glenn Kenny

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.

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Prairie Miller

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.

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Ronnie Scheib

The film's emotional center rings coldly hollow, its star-crossed lovers coming off more like projected figures than flesh-and-blood players.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York 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.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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.

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Tomas Hachard

There's no sense that the film recognizes its own absurd elements.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Atmosphere and nostalgia trump all in Pushkin-loving romance.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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