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  • Summary: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here has the sweep of a Russian novel and the immediacy of a family drama. It probes art's ability to transcend oppression and exile. With extraordinary access, the film follows the Soviet-born international art luminaries, now U.S. citizens, to Putin's Moscow, as they come face to face with their catastrophic past in the dizzying present. For the first time, Ilya Kabakov has returned to the hometown where his art was once forbidden, to install seven magical walk-in installations with his wife and partner-in-art, Emilia. The action ranges from the high plains of Texas to a neighborhood in the Ukraine and climaxes as a sea of flashbulbs illuminate the artists at the opening of the exhibition. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Nov 15, 2013
    75
    Without being explicit, without being overtly angry, Kabakov's installations are a critique of the entire system, a critique leavened with irony, wit, and fantasy. It's powerful stuff. You go into Kabakov's labyrinths of associations and you don't come out.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Nov 12, 2013
    70
    At times, it’s hard to imagine how a real, physical visit to a Kabakov exhibit could improve upon Wallach’s film, which plays like the world’s trippiest docent.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 12, 2013
    70
    No longer silent but still the lesser talker between them, Ilya is marvelously fluent in spatial forms.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 12, 2013
    70
    Ms. Wallach has fashioned a multifaceted, informative portrait conveying the emotional urgency of the Kabakovs’ work.
  5. Reviewed by: Jenna Scherer
    Nov 12, 2013
    60
    Kabakov’s life story reads like a Pasternak novel, from his hardscrabble upbringing in Stalinist Russia to his double life as a government-sanctioned “official” artist and an underground cultural revolutionary.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 14, 2013
    60
    Art doc's stylistic quirks detract slightly from a sometimes fascinating portrait.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Nov 11, 2013
    12
    The research that went into the film seems a largesse, but it's compromised at every turn by filmmaker Amei Wallach's sloppy, pedantic delivery.