Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
Sickbags at the ready for Balabanov’s (‘Cargo 200’, ‘Of Freaks and Men’) deliciously funny and graphically gory take on Mikhail Bulgakov’s ‘Notes Of A Young Doctor’ as he juxtaposes the worsening morphine addiction of a bookish young medic in his backwoods hospital with the 1917 Bolshevik revolution which rages in the neighbouring cities. Divided into short episodes all with laugh-out-loud titles (The First Injection, The First Amputation, etc.) which comically hint at the ensuing carnage, the film offers a vision of humanity bent on self-destruction and where the social pillars of religion, politics, media and medicine are all irredeemably corrupt. The exhaustive production design deserves special mention.

By: David Jenkins



Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Alexei Balabanov
Leonid Kalashnikov
Ingeborga Dapkunaite
Andrei Panin
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