Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Valeriy Todorovskiy - Lyubovnik aka The Lover (2002)

Director Valery Todorovsky's somber drama stars Oleg Yankovsky as Mitya, a middle-aged university professor whose wife dies suddenly. In the course of going through her possessions, he comes upon letters proving that she has been having an affair with another man (Sergei Garmash) for the past 15 years. Consumed with grief and jealousy, Mitya seeks out and confronts his wife's former lover, and in the process of coming to grips with his wife's infidelity, nearly destroys himself and his relationship with his teenage son.
/Tom Vick,

Awards :
Best actor Oleg YANKOVSKY , Honfleur Russian Film Festival, France, 2002
Audience Award Honfleur Russian Film Festival, France, 2002
Grand prix du Festival de Sotchi, 2002
Prix au Festival de San Sebastian, 2002

" The Lover is a traditional film in the visual sense; it is outstanding in the fine and completely logical development of characters. The action takes place in some apartments, at the university, on a cemetery, in a tram. From the point of view of production design there are no innovations here. Instead the film excels through the performance of Oleg Iankovskii, whose play puts everything else into the shadow. The Lover returns to the tradition of an actor's cinema and proves Todorovskii's talent as a director capable of working well with actors.

Todorovskii draws a portrait of an intellectual, a person symptomatic for our age: unaware of his environment, he cannot live in the present. As soon as the facade collapses he is no longer able to determine the sense of his existence. He boards the tram with the destination of Ivan’s flat (although Ivan has left the city): he travels to a void. Having removed all fixed points from Charyshev, Todorovskii leaves his hero in a suspended state. But without a point of reference he cannot live."
/ Birgit Beumers /

Video: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR
Audio: Russian (Dolby AC3, 6 ch, 448Kbps), Russian (DTS, 5 ch, 768Kbps)
Size: 7.13 Gb