Based on the short story by celebrated Russian novelist Anton Chekhov, About Love begins with a chance meeting between Kairat—an introverted scientist—and his old school friend Askar at a local shop. After becoming reacquainted with one another, Askar invites Kairat to his home to meet his family. There, Kairat meets his friend’s beautiful wife Togjan. As the years after meeting Askar and his family pass, Kairat and Togjan develop a deep love for one another. However, as they both discover, it is a love that can never go beyond their own private feelings. —Jeonju International Film Festival
With a degree in Mathematics, Omirbaev first approached cinema theoretically, graduating from VGIK with a thesis on film semiotics and writing criticism for the magazine Novoe Kino. Omirbaev’s theoretical concerns translate seemlessly to the making of films, and like other critics turned directors, finds human expression for his ideas. Like Bresson, he pays close attention to details, to points of subtle contact between people, and particularly in Kardiogramma – to the merging of dream and reality. And like Godard, his films are self-referential (Jol), and literary (Kairat). His first feature film, Kairat, won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. —Seagull Films
Pretty nice adaptation of Chekhov's short story! The plot was so interesting that I read the story on the internet shortly after watching the film! Thought the piano piece and the concert performance were very nice too! By the way, was the wife trying to get a drink from the kitchen a dream sequence? It looked quite out-of-the-ordinary.