The Student movie online
The Student is a 2016 Russian drama film directed by Kirill Serebrennikov. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it won the François Chalais Prize.
The Student full movie online
Nowadays Russian cinema is more political than ever. And its political word is not shy, it frankly declares war against either bureaucratic or societal corruption (or both), as we can see in Leviathan, Durak, and this film. But the most dangerous enemy in this war, is the scope of the enemy. If you define the whole corrupt society as something to destroy, who will be your allies in this war? No one, for sure. You’re as lonely as Don Quixote in his delusions.
Actually, the idea of “the Holy Bible in a human’s body” as a character is striking, strengthened by the undeniable references. The viewers are forced to observe how religious fundamentalism can threaten the society, especially when the people around cannot see the big picture, cannot imagine what will come next and feed the beast naively as if donating to the church.
But as I mentioned above, despite the power of its criticism this movie too is unfortunately flawed with the problem of being incapable of providing solution, like similar others. The film rightfully asks: “This religious fundamentalism is poisoning us! What is the antidote to it?” But the answer is perfectly oxymoronical: “We need idealist individuals, but hopeless at the same time due to their loneliness…”
So, according to me it’s clear that these “pessimist-idealist” characters represent the directors themselves. They can foresee what’s coming, they want to do something, but when they look around they realize that they don’t have anyone to cooperate with. So, disappointed with this loneliness, they get critical of the society much more than the problems the society is experiencing. So, contradictorily, what we as the viewers have in the end is not a motivation for action, but a reflection of the pessimism of the director dictating us to sit and smile cynically at the inevitable self-destruction of the society.