Reviews and Festivals
"The film is redeemed by the inclusion of remarkable documentary footage from the thirties — and a wrenching interview with Bukharin's widow, Anna Larina."
— The Russian Review
"A look at the future of the country conditioned by its past"
— Anna Lawton, Kinoglasnost: Soviet Cinema in Our Time
"Filmmaker explores the reactions of perestroika-era Soviet citizens to [the 1930s and 1940s], using the participatory mode of filmmaking, which emphasizes the interaction between the filmmaker and the subject...The film looks at the present in light of the past."
— Erin Alpert, Visualizing the Past: Perestroika Documentary Memory of Stalin-era Trauma
"Uses symbols with sophistication and creates a feeling of suspense and horror through rhythmic editing."
— The Washington Post
"Everyone who sees this short story should look around and ask himself, 'Why did I survive?'"
— Unnamed Director
"Remarkable student film"
— James Krukones, John Carroll University
"Bako Sadykov's short documetnary Adonis XIV can be considered the auteur's intuitive prediction of forthcoming social and political changes."
— Kamoludin Abdullaev, Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan
"Presents a stark image of the connection between that ancient passivity and the horrendous death toll of more recent years."
— Adam Hochschild, The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin
Festival International de Films de Fribourg