The Man Who Looks Like Me (2017)

In The Man Who Looks Like Me, directorial duo Katrin and Andres Maimik once again explore the differences between two generations […]. Hugo (Rain Tolk) is a music critic who discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. After moving to the countryside to rebuild his life and work on his latest book, his life is disrupted when his estranged father, Raivo (Roman Baskin), arrives on the scene. As Raivo reveals he is going to die, Hugo decides to tolerate his presence. But when Hugo meets therapist Marian (Evelin Võigemast), the father and son find that the direction that their lives have taken means that they are more divided than they once thought.

While the topic of the film is a well-worn trope, the Maimiks create a fresh angle on proceedings, as the film works as both an exploration of familial conflict and a satire of academic posturing. […] While it is frequently funny – thanks mainly to Tolk and Baskin’s chemistry – the film is unafraid to explore darker territory, examining abandonment and jealousy. The movie also makes good use of its bucolic setting, with Mihkel Soe’s cinematography veering between verdant greenery and rain-sodden skies, mirroring the emotional changes that the characters find themselves undergoing.

Laurence Boyce, Cineuropa

  • Orig. title: Minu näoga onu
  • Language: Estonian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Kinosaurus Film
  • Cinematography: Mihkel Soe
  • Editing: Helis Hirve