Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot adapted by Estonian Director Rainer Sarnet


You forgot to kiss my soul / Sa unustasid suudelda mu hinge

(a quote from artwork You Forgot To Kiss My Soul (2001) , by Tracey Emin)


You should pass us by and forgive us our happiness / Kuidas jääda väärikaks: “Mine meist mööda ja anna meile me õnn andeks,” soovitab vürst Mõškin (Risto Kübar) enesetapjale.

An adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel, The Idiot (Idioot) by Estonian director Rainer Sarnet, budgeted at a reported 565,000 EUR, opened domestically on 14 October 2011 to generally positive critical acclaim.

The feature is a loose adaptation of the Russian literary classic’s defining work that packs together highly stylised settings shot in Estonia’s defunct churches and monasteries with a soundtrack ranging from classical to disco. It is the third feature by Sarnet and his second film for cinematic release. The film picked up 2,177 admissions in it opening weekend, a fairly strong showing for a domestic art-house pic.