A Room and a Half or a Sentimental Journey Back Home

  • 12A
  • Andrey Khrzhanovsky (2009)
  • Rus (SUB)
  • 129 min
A Room and a Half or a Sentimental Journey Back Home
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Poet and nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972 and never returned, dying in his New York apartment in 1996. However, film-maker Andrey Khrzhanovsky uses an imagined homecoming to spark memories of the poet's youth in this highly stylised and impeccably judged biopic. Played in ascending age by Evgeniy Ogandzhanyan, Artem Smola and Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy, Brodsky finds wonderment in everything and Khrzhanovsky juxtaposes extracts from his verses with animated interludes to convey the writer's questing mind. He also captures the fascination and frustration of living in a cramped Leningrad (now St Petersburg) apartment with parents Sergei Yursky and Alisa Freyndlikh, Other sequences involving floating musical instruments, a stolen book of nude paintings and a string of failed seductions are amusing, while the telephone sing-song and posthumous last supper are deeply poignant. This is a beautifully produced, historically astute and hugely affecting film.

Plot Summary

Biographical drama starring Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy as Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, who was forced into exile in 1972 following opposition to his free-thinking works.

Cast and crew


Joseph Brodsky
Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy
Alisa Freyndlikh
Sergei Yursky
Young Brodsky
Artem Smola
Brodsky in childhood
Evgeniy Ogandzhanyan


Andrey Khrzhanovsky

Other Information

Russian +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Yume Pictures
Available on DVD
Released 7 May 2010