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Room and a Half (2009)

Poltory komnaty ili Sentimentalnoe puteshestvie na Rodinu (original title)
A semi-fictional account of the life of Nobel-Prize-winning Russian poet Josif Brodsky, who was forced into American exile in 1972.
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Credited cast:
Alisa Freyndlikh ... Mother
Sergey Yurskiy ... Father
Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy ... Joseph Brodsky
Artyom Smola Artyom Smola
Zhenya Oganjanyan Zhenya Oganjanyan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksandr Bargman Aleksandr Bargman
Sergey Barkovskiy Sergey Barkovskiy
Lyudmila Davydova Lyudmila Davydova
Aleksey Devotchenko
Sergey Dreyden
Svetlana Kryuchkova
Aleksandr Lenkov
Nikolay Marosanov Nikolay Marosanov
Vladimir Rozygraev Vladimir Rozygraev
Yuliya Vasileva Yuliya Vasileva


A semi-fictional account of the life of Nobel-Prize-winning Russian poet Josif Brodsky, who was forced into American exile in 1972.

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Release Date:

20 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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A Room and a Half See more »


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School Studio 'Shar' See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Colorful movie
5 May 2009 | by mehmet_kurtkayaSee all my reviews

Out of the movie, the first thing I can think of is its sensual cinematography immersed in saturated colors. The film is more than a biopic, it involves the imagination of the writer and director to make it a poetic look into a Nobel laureate poet's life, that of Joseph Brodsky's.

The movie starts in his childhood and ends after his death, and in fact the part after his death, like most of the other parts of the movie is beautiful fiction. There is an overdose of anti-Soviet tones but that must also reflect what he had to go through until his defection to the US and his parents' troubles with Soviet officials while trying in vain to visit him. No question all of that was true but somehow the movie put too much emphasis on it.

The movie also explored family dynamics from childhood, in a touchy and insightful way how his family bonds were strong, though this also must be fiction. So it is actually better to watch this movie as a pure fiction movie and a good one. And to watch a biography mixed with fiction is surely refreshing.

I have seen this movie in Istanbul Film Festival and found it as one of the better ones in competition.

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