His Wife's Diary


Time Out says

Purportedly a big deal in Russia because it discusses the ménage-à-trois of a revered poet, this historical reconstruction sports fine Chekhov-lite performances, superb set design and sublimely choreographed grand manners. It traces the years Nobel Laureate Ivan Bunin, of the white linen, spent mostly in exile, from 1928-45, in Paris or Provence. Cameraman Klimenko doesn't put a lens wrong and the performances are as strong as those of false memory syndrome, but the film consists of little more than endless domestic arrangements and rearrangements, flutters of the heart, and storms in breakfast table teacups which illuminate neither poet nor the condition of exile. In sum Bunin hated the Bolsheviks, followed his heart, broke others, travelled a lot. Must read the poetry.

By: WH


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

Alexei Uchitel
Dunya Smirnova
Andrei Smirnov
Galina Tyunina
Olga Budina
Dani Kogan
Tatiana Moskvina
Sergei Vinogradov
Eugeny Mironov
Elena Morozova
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