An eighty-six-year old translator is making her first trip since the war back to the places of her childhood in the Ukraine. The film interweaves the story of Swetlana Geier’s life with her literary work and traces the secret of this inexhaustible mediator of language.
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An elegant and lyrical documentary about renowned translator Svetlana Geier, who has dedicated her life to translating Russian literature into German, more specifically, the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Geier, who lived an extraordinary life, coming of age during WWII in the Ukraine and Germany, has both a keen mastery and unique appreciation of the beauty of language, which the film evokes with great beauty.
Beautiful, patient documentary, with an intriguing and very wise subject. Thankfully unsentimental. Wonderfully photographed too. So much here on loss, language, and the connections between human beings. Up there with Land of Silence and Darkness, in my opinion. Inspiring and unforgettable.