The Student ((M)uchenik)
The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017)

A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 21, 2017
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As visually arresting as it is thought-provoking, The Student takes a fearlessly confrontational approach to difficult themes -- and proves richly rewarding in its execution.

Godfrey Cheshire

A serious, sharply mounted drama that gets more engrossing as it moves along.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

There's surely a sly attack here on Putin's suppression of liberal values.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

Vladislav Opelyants' fluid cinematography and Ekaterina Scheglova's carefully-constructed everyday production design help emphasis the insidiousness of the titular antihero's brand of evil.

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Leslie Felperin
Hollywood Reporter

The narrative starts out in the realm of unfussy realism and grows blacker, richer and more surreal.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Serebrennikov deploys ornery irony in this scathing critique of a self-radicalized fundamentalist and local unbelievers.

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Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)

There is a theatricality to the film that can feel a little overbearing at times - it's hard to sympathise with the grandstanding central character - but this is forceful and provocative film-making.

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Guy Lodge

Kirill Serebrennikov's study of a problem teenager's religious awakening is as aesthetically kinetic as it is intellectually rigorous.

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Jeffrey Edalatpour
SF Weekly

Scene after scene, we watch Venya's strange charisma grow as his dogmatic fervor builds up to an infectious fever pitch.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Atmospherically designed and photographed in arresting long takes, this often makes for gruelling viewing, especially when the heavy metal soundtrack kicks in.

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