Reactions to Gagarine

Gagarine, the final film of the main programme for our 76th season received a rather mixed reception, achieving an overall appreciation score of 75.3%. Some of the comments received:

  • It had everything: emotions, fantasy, love, to name a few. Brilliant!!
  • A fascinating and imaginative spin on life in Parisian decaying high rise towers.
  • Incredibly moving.
  • What a wonderful film! I loved the clever theme. I was sad that Yuri fell through the cracks despite the lovely community that had formed around the Cité Gagarine, though.
  • Beautiful film. Engaging and uplifting. Great way to end a very good season.
  • An imaginative and sensitive film celebrating the dignity, talents and intelligence of people facing some of life’s most challenging circumstances.
  • Something a bit different. A soulful blend of fantasy and reality with a touching lead performance.
  • Well-constructed interweaving themes beautifully filmed and great acting.
  • Interesting, brilliant in parts but uneven in delivery.
  • An absorbing and strange film. Realism at the beginning and fantasy at the end.
  • I enjoyed it but I don’t know if I really ‘got it’.
  • Started off well but lost its way a little towards the end. An interesting story against a backdrop of urban renewal.
  • Disturbing focus. A bit slow in parts. An interesting insight into the diversity of what home means. And reinforces, everyone has a right to a decent one.
  • Somewhat far-fetched!
  • A bit challenging to follow the storyline: echoes of 2001: A Space Odessey.
  • Some of this was fantastic, but I feel it petered out a bit at the end, and I was confused about what was happening. Some great acting though! Thank you for another great season!
  • Sympathetic portrayal of inhabitants of banlieue with slightly wacky sci-fi elements.
  • Confusing imaginary scenes made it hard to follow. Otherwise very well acted and written, a very interesting film.
  • A disappointing ending.
  • Unimpressed, disjointed and tricksy.
  • Verging on nonsense, but oddly entertaining.
  • The narrative begins as documentary, evolves nicely into social realism then buckaroos into a surreal, low budget sci-fi. Some nice photography but felt the wheels fell off it a bit. Keep up the great work.
  • Looking forward to next season.
  • Curate’s egg-ish…..good in parts. Didn’t keep my attention throughout.
  • Cinematography was amazing and young actors were good but not sure about the fanciful story!
  • Started off well, great performances, showed immigrant, working class in a good light but second half too tedious.