Student (2012)

Director: Darezhan Omirbayev
Writer: Darezhan Omirbayev
Based on: Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s Crime and Punishment
Cast: Nurlan Bajtasov, Maya Serikbaeva, Edige Bolysbaev
Part of: Viennale

A Student (Nurlan Bajtasov), working at a photo shoot, witnesses how a friend gets beat up after spilling some tea on the model girlfriend of a rich banker. That incident, coupled with the survival of the fittest rhetoric he hears at uni, leads him to rob a shop, shooting the owner and the only witness in the process. But that doesn’t seem to improve his situation at all.

I have to admit that I missed most of this film as I fell asleep after the first half hour or so and only woke up towards the end. In my defense, that happened because it grew really boring really quickly.

The movie started off pretty well, but basically it was like the opening to a completely different film. It starts off with the photo shoot and is pretty much told from the perspective of the guy getting beat up. For a bit, I thought he would be the main character, before the movie switches basically seamlessly to the actual main character. Which was pretty weird.

Unfortunately, pretty soon after the perspective switch, things fall apart pretty quickly and I just felt no tension whatsoever – and no reason to stay awake.

Which is not only disappointing because I had planned to see this film and therefore bought a ticket for it, but also because it was actually pretty interesting to get a look at Kazachstan from an inside perspective. It just wasn’t interesting enough on its own.

Summarising: Nah.

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