While this may be due to its being more a tale of the emigre state (and what the homeland means as we age) than one about the actual Brodsky, either way it casts a spell that is difficult to resist. Khrzhanovsky, as director and co-writer (with Yuriy Arabov) has found a way to gracefully mesh all his parts into a happy whole, keeping us interested via images that are often exquisite, some even when they are sorrowful. And his animation -- the genre for which this director is most noted -- is especially fine (see the two stills at bottom): not just as an antidote to the GCI-to-the-maxed Avatar but as as a door that opens to near-seamlessly unite disparate worlds, times, and ideas.
Artem Smola, above, second from left, seated) and old, as well as those who play his parents (Alisa Freindlikh, below, left, is Mom and Sergey Yurskiy, right, Dad) are well-cast indeed.
A Room and a Half opens Wednesday, January 20 at Film Forum for a two-week run through Tuesday, February 2 -- with screenings at 1:00, 3:30, 6:30 and 9 pm.