The Stoker Review

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Stoker (Skryabin), a ex-war hero, leads a reclusive life tending to a boiler house. One of his few visitors is a hitman friend called 'Sergeant' (Mosin), for whom he performs valuable disposal services. But his strange, dislocated existence can't last forever.

★★★★

Piling up corpses around Yakut stoker Mikhail Skryabin, Alexei Balabanov fashions a dark satire about the cynical lawlessness and consumerist amorality of mid-’90s Russia, made all the more deliciously ironic by the jauntily counterpointing soundtrack.

A potent black comedy with the gentle touch of a razor blade.