Flabby and indolent Oblomov stays all day in bed. Released from his slothful inactivity by childhood friend Andrei and later by Olga, he reflects on his place in society and on the meaning of life. Gorgeously shot in the aristocratically decadent interiors and the lyrical countryside, it features expert performances and upliftingly nostalgic flashbacks (most about Oblomov's 'absent' mother). A masterpiece, no doubt.
Interesting movie. Makes you think what's important or sensible in life, living like Oblomov or his best friend, or something between those two extremes? Add in a good plot, good acting, beautiful cinematography, a little romance and some humor, and you have a five star movie.
Oblomov is such a great story and Mikhalkov gives it a very deft touch. The first part is set entirely in Oblomov's apartment with an amusing dialog betwen he his servant Zakhar, who is unable to get his master to move, that apparently inspired Beckett. Goncharov, like Dostoevsky, had a very theatrical sense of drama, which Mikhalokov expresses in this film.