Time Out says
It’s hard not to compare ‘Koktebel’ to ‘The Return’, one of the year’s best films. They’re both Russian, of course, but both also explore a fragile father-son relationship that is clearly informed by past events of which we know (and discover) very little. There’s the same careful attention to the visual here too. The camera is calm, often static, and the emphasis is on lyrical and smart composition as much as human drama. Not that the writing and performances are in any way slight: small moments of interaction (the son revealing a fear that his father will get drunk; his jealousy when he meets a woman) speak volumes. Quiet and intelligent.
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