Vasya Sitnikov was officially insane, a man without a passport, in and out of mental institutions, yet he was the key figure of the nonconformist art movement in the Soviet Union. He left ... See full summary »
You do not need to be a connoisseur of things Russian to appreciate this film, but you will especially like it if you are still in search of that ever elusive comprehension of the "Russian Soul" the ultimate mix of the struggles that comprise one human lifetime in a wrong place at the wrong time. Vasily (Vasya) Sitnikov's paintings and drawings at least those that survived him, speak less of his asserted insanity and much more of his unique perception of reality and his unfortunate burden having been born in the USSR. The film about Vasya's absurd life and his exceptional art, which you'll most likely never see otherwise,discovers this largely unknown, but MAGICAL painter for those of us who appreciate discoveries at any age in any form.