The Humourist

The Humourist

The Humourist

A Soviet stand-up comedian in 1984 hits back against censorship and his own insecurities with American insult humour in this Czech-Latvian-Russian drama.

2019Rating: M, Sex scenes & offensive language100 minsCzech Republic, Latvia, Russian FederationRussian with English subtitles
DramaHistoricalWorld Cinema
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Stuff

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The Humorist is a confronting, literate and occasionally biting satire. Even if you probably had to "be there" to pick up on a great many of the jokes. I'd still recommend this anyone who likes their laughs on the bleak side.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Agranovich has an impish presence that conveys his character's comedic talent while allowing his inner torment to shine through. Although the drab Soviet aesthetic embodies Arkadiev's all-encompassing soullessness, the film remains visually interesting.

Variety

Variety

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Screenwriter Michael Idov makes an impressive directing debut with the super-smart, confidently lensed "The Humorist."

Stuff

Stuff

press

The Humorist is a confronting, literate and occasionally biting satire. Even if you probably had to "be there" to pick up on a great many of the jokes. I'd still recommend this anyone who likes their laughs on the bleak side.

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Agranovich has an impish presence that conveys his character's comedic talent while allowing his inner torment to shine through. Although the drab Soviet aesthetic embodies Arkadiev's all-encompassing soullessness, the film remains visually interesting.

Variety

Variety

press

Screenwriter Michael Idov makes an impressive directing debut with the super-smart, confidently lensed "The Humorist."

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