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Roads to Koktebel (2003)
"Koktebel" (original title)

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A widowed aeronautics engineer, who has lost his job, travels with his son hopping freight trains from Moscow to Koktebel, a town by the Black Sea, to start a new life with the father's ... See full summary »

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Gleb Puskepalis ...
The Son
Igor Chernevich ...
The Father
Evgeniy Sytyy ...
Railway inspector
Vera Sandrykina ...
Tanya
Vladimir Kucherenko ...
Mikhail
Agrippina Steklova ...
Kseniya
Aleksandr Ilin ...
Truck driver
Anna Frolovtseva ...
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Lyubov Rozanova
Alexander Poslovsky
Sergei Kushnarenko
Sergey Shinkarenko
Yuri Panchishin
Tatiana Korol
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A widowed aeronautics engineer, who has lost his job, travels with his son hopping freight trains from Moscow to Koktebel, a town by the Black Sea, to start a new life with the father's sister. After they are stopped by a train guard, they continue their travel on foot. The father battles against his alcohol addiction and the son is fascinated with the idea of flight. One rainy day an old man accepts them in his house in return for the repair of the roof. The father gives in to the alcohol offered by the old man, who in a drunken brawl accuses him of stealing money and shoots him. A young female village doctor takes care of him and a romantic relationship between the two ensues. The father feels reluctant to continue the journey. The son leaves alone and a truck driver gives him a ride to Koktebel. However, his aunt has left for the summer. Written by Alkistis Zografou

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Sometimes it's necessary to walk 1000 kilometers to find someone that's close to you.

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25 September 2003 (Russia)  »

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Caminos a Koktebel  »

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Enjoyable Contemporary Russian Cinema
7 October 2008 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon the DVD version of this film and, being a moderate fan of Russian cinema, made the time investment to watch it.

The film was slow, and some takes were, in my opinion, unnecessarily long. The hand-held, back-and-forth capture of the boy throwing stones at a heap of junk strained my eyes, and I found it annoying and unnecessary.

However, the film also has the typical merits of a low-budget, personal film which does have a story to tell. The acting was fine, the story simple and yet believable, and the shots were visually pleasing.

This is by no means a great film, but I will recommend it to anyone who is fond of Russian cinema, and has the patience and a desire to have glimpses of modern Russia.


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