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14.11.08

Two things, a movie PU-239, also called The Half Life of Timofey Berezin, and a book, Shaun Tan's The Arrival, a graphic novel.
The protagonist in both is virtually the same guy, though they're presented with diametrically opposite outcomes to their lives, one sad and final, the other hopeful and opening out to the future.
But Paddy Considine's Timofey and Tan's nameless father have wonderfully symmetrical shapes, the vibe of each of them as though it was the life of one man told in two alternate stories.
Not to mention Nikolaj Lie Kaas as a Mafiya big shot in the movie, and a fantastically true architecture in Tan's book that captures the alien hit of emigration with gorgeous sepia precision.

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