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The Humorist (2019)

Yumorist (original title)
The Humorist is a film about a week in the life of Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comedian. Boris is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities that poison all his relationships.


Mikhail Idov


Mikhail Idov
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Credited cast:
Yuri Kolokolnikov
Alisa Khazanova
Polina Aug
Anatoliy Kotenyov
Vilma Kutaviciute Vilma Kutaviciute
Olga Dibtseva Olga Dibtseva
Aleksey Agranovich Aleksey Agranovich
Artem Grigoryev Artem Grigoryev ... K.G.B. agent
Pavel Ilin
Kristians Karelins Kristians Karelins
Semyon Shteynberg Semyon Shteynberg
Daniel Shifrin Daniel Shifrin
Alexander Marin Alexander Marin
Artem Volobuev Artem Volobuev
Vera Idova Vera Idova


The year is 1984, and Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comedian, is unraveling under the weight of fame, censorship, KGB "patronage," and his own insecurities. Finally, the comedian snaps and - armed with the exotic American notion of "insult humor" - takes his revenge.

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Biography | Drama





Release Date:

1 March 2019 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Humorist See more »

Filming Locations:

Riga, Latvia See more »


Box Office


€1,300,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Let's laugh?!
4 March 2019 | by vertexedportalSee all my reviews

After watching the Dude's interview with Idowym (Director/writer) many things fell into place.

And the atmosphere Of Soviet Jurmala 1984 and posters (Space Odyssey 2001) in the room of the son of the protagonist, and the allusion to Rome in the bath/sauna of the one who died of a heart attack when joked about his wife. and about the story/joke like "damn sawing the wing of the plane" in retroshare with the beach in the beginning of the film.

  • Would you sign for your daughter, please?!»
  • "Well, you, for one, sign»

"Vodka and Space, Vodka and Space" - this is the national idea of Russia/RSFSR, which comes pop comedian Boris arkadjevs (Boriss Arkadjevs). But in my recent dialogue with.. .


  • powerboatthev: "I drank here somehow Svetla Piva-very good. they say another Evening in Bruges is very good, it will be necessary to try»

-sergio_leone: "the Horror. I hate beer. Generally all that is less than 40 degrees this swill... In my humble opinion.»

-powerboatthev: "I'm the opposite of Apple Jack - not really. there are more appetizers»

-sergio_leone: "Vodyaru I'm also not particularly. But there's brandy, whiskey, ouzo, Grappa, Metaxa, cognac, moonshine after all... Vodka is evil. Deadlock branch. It tastes like brake fluid... In short chemistry a crappy... It would be better if Mendeleev invented ether, and did not invent vodka.»

  • zadralov: "He never invented it. Your KO.»

-sergio_leone: "and to hell with her... Vodka is evil from her blurred mind is. But normal European alcohol (especially 12-year-old Metaxa and Grappa) relaxes and gives a feeling of lightness and positive perception»


watched in the morning at 9: 30 premiere in the "Nightingale" on a very fresh head

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