Anverj Pakhust, Haverzh Veradardz
Armenia, Netherlands, Switzerland, 87 min
Between 1988 and the early 1990s, three events shook Armenia: a terrible earthquake, the Nagorno-Karabakh War and the break-up of the Soviet Union. As a consequence, part of the population chose to live in exile. The filmmaker follows the path of one of these men, recounting a deeply moving epic tale of an indocile man and an extraordinary storyteller.
Between 1988 and the first years of the 1990s, three events shook Armenia: a terrible earthquake, the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the break-up of the Soviet Union. Following this, many people chose the path of exile. It’s from these same years that Harutyun Khachatryan begins his painful exploration of the alienation and uprooting induced by this kind of event. He decides to follow the path of one of these men, a man of the theatre who went elsewhere in search both of the absolute that art can provide and of peace of mind. He has spent a large part of his life in north-eastern Siberia and is now stuck in Moscow, waiting to cover the last stage of his return to Armenia, the country of his family and his ancestors. Through comings and goings in time and space, the filmmaker recounts a deeply moving epic tale of an uncontrollable man, an extraordinary storyteller whose mental and physical space are diminishing with age. This character, a huge dose of humanity, who came and left again, makes this film a work reminiscent of the literature of Dostoyevsky.