Oblomov ★★★★

Interesting character study of ennui and lacking self-confidence, with imagery I found bewitching. There's constantly a musty darkness being contrasted with the comforting repose of nature. Attractive homes and clothing and food, but with a kind of rot underneath, a reflection of Russian society at the time it would seem. The director uses distance within the frame quite well, and camera movements, although on a technical level there's something lacking with the cinematography to fulfill the complete vision (and the sound mix also feels unrefined). For all of the commendable ideas and visuals on display I did want more of an emotional punch in the end, the character of Olga was treated too much as an object rather than given inner life, and the screenplay does eventually rush to condense the plot.