Doktor Zhivago (2006)

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In Doctor Zhivago, the life of a young doctor is intertwined with the fate of Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. Yuri Zhivago is orphaned at a young age, and his uncle brings him ... See full summary »

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In Doctor Zhivago, the life of a young doctor is intertwined with the fate of Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. Yuri Zhivago is orphaned at a young age, and his uncle brings him to Moscow, where he studies medicine while living with his uncle's family. At a New Year's ball, he witnesses an assassination attempt on a high society lawyer named Komarovksy. What shocks Yuri is the identity of the shooter: Lara Gishar. By coincidence, he had been present earlier when Lara and Komarovsky first met at the Montenegro hotel. At the time, their magnetism and their unusual relationship, both extremely open and particularly secretive, revealed to the young doctor a world of emotions he had yet to experience. Yuri is told that Komarovsky played a role in his father's suicide, but this news has less effect on him than the chance meeting with Lara. At the beginning of WWI, Doctor Zhivago goes to the front, leaving his wife and children in Moscow. He is unaware that many years later Lara ... Written by Pavel P.

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Excellent adaptation
29 July 2007 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Impressive adaptation of the novel. A big bow to all the main actors, particularly to the two "Olegs": Menshikov (playing Zhivago), who's superb as always and Yankovsky (playing Komarovsky). I found Menshikov's part very touching and credible, including the time spent with the partisans. He does look like he is gone through a lot. Yankovsky is very convincing in his part, very cold and charming. I would have aged him physically a bit more towards the end, but that is a minor issue. The musical score is beautiful, but then what do you expect from Artemev? Superb acting by the two main female roles as well.

As to the plot, very good adaptation. I believe, if my memory does not fail me, that the elements I identify as odd in the film come straight out of the novel (like the characters running into each other apparently by coincidence as the years go by). In that respect, not a flawless novel, but a pretty good script. I will re-read the novel.

Very poignant end. All in all a very recommendable film. A profoundly human story extraordinarily portrayed and played in yet another astounding Russian production. Applause and thanks.

PS. Just finished Boris Pasternak's novel. I believe the film script is an admirable adaptation, extremely forceful. It manages to convey the main ideas, brilliantly portrays Doctor Zhivago's character and mood. While it does not render all the shades of the complex love Lara and Tonia feel for Zhivago, the film avoids the many - in my view - unnecessary secondary characters, blind alleys and lengthy digressions found in this otherwise powerful novel.


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