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The Student (2016)

(M)uchenik (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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Contemporary Russia. 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.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pyotr Skvortsov ... Veniamin Yuzhin
Viktoriya Isakova ... Elena Krasnova
Yuliya Aug ... Inga Yuzhina
Aleksandr Gorchilin ... Grigoriy Zaytsev
Aleksandra Revenko ... Lidiya Tkacheva
Anton Vasilev ... Oleg Ivanovich Selnenko
Svetlana Bragarnik ... Lyudmila Stukalina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolay Roshchin Nikolay Roshchin ... Otets Vsevolod
Irina Rudniktskaya Irina Rudniktskaya ... Irina Petrovna
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After Venya's mother receives a call from school reporting her son's refusal to participate in mixed swimming lessons, she first suspects her teenager of being shy and derides his claim that it is "against his religion." As Venya is finally exempted by the school's devout principal, he grows confident that his strict and rigorous study of the Bible gives him the ability to manipulate all forms of authority. Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama - based on a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg - serves as a frightening cautionary tale. Written by Under The Milky Way

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Russia

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Russian

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$1,126

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$318,123
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The original Russian title "(M)uchenik", with the 'm' in parentheses, is a play on words, a pun, combining the Russian word "muchenik", which means "martyr", with the Russian word "uchenik", which means "student". Because the Russian pun would not be understood, and there is no way to translate it, the simplified title "Uchenik", or "The Student", was used at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. See more »

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Veniamin Yuzhin: God has a beautiful plan for you. Remember that.
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The Student
16 March 2017 | by indiecinemamagazineSee all my reviews

"The Student" – "(M)uchenik" directed by Kirill Serebrennikov is an attempt to reconsider religious fanaticism in the modern world. The picture is based on the play "Martyr" by German author Marius von Mayenburg and it was adapted to the reality of modern Russia.

In a way the problems touched upon in the film are universal and not connected to one particular religion. An interesting aspect of the film is the constant quoting of the Bible which shows that any religion can become an instrument of aggression. The picture is a sharp and humorous satire. The teachers in the film are very well depicted, they whose heads are full of self contradictory ideas combining Stalinism, Putinism, Communism, Liberalism and religion. The school administration cannot confront a religious fanatic because they themselves do not have any ideas or principles.

When the biology teacher tries to confront Veniamin, she also looks into the Bible, which she interprets in a vulgar and primitive way. The relations between Veniamin and Grigori are interesting; he becomes very close to Veniamin but we see later that Grigori is gay which is the real reason why he becomes his disciple.

The film is shot in a minimalistic way in this low-budget production, but the actors play well and the dialogues are very funny. The ideas of the picture are important, the film has an open end just as our society has an uncertain future with growing extremism and radicalism.


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