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.