Film Review: ‘How Viktor “The Garlic” Took Alexey “The Stud” to the Nursing Home’

Karlovy Vary, 2017
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

“Hant and cinematographer Daniil Fomichev favor a quick-fire visual grammar that suggests they were raised on a high-sugar diet of Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie and Edgar Wright movies: all primary colors, percussive edits and flashy visual gags. A booming soundtrack of coarsely rasped Russian-language rap music propels the action along, reinforcing the zippy music video aesthetic. The effect is glib and cartoonish at times, but nicely counterbalanced by a deep seam of bleak, filthy, fatalistic realism that feels very Russian, indeed.”

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