In 1972 a collection of Russian poetry by five young St. Petersburg poets was published in New York . The book was called The Living Mirror. Two of the young poets Konstantin Kuzminsky and Josef Brodsky soon immigrated to the United States . Josef Brodsky became famous, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and died of heart attack nine years later. Such a fulfilled destiny has eluded Konstantin, so far. L'enfant terrible of the Russian literati Konstantin K. Kuzminsky lives in a tiny upstate New York village, on the bank of the Delaware River in an old shanty house near a railway crossing. His freedom is complete. His devotion to art is absolute. He lives with his books, his art collection, his cats and his poetry. And his wife, Mouse.
A deliciously unappetizing look at Konstantin Kuzminsky (Kostya) who is, undeniably, the ultimate wasted linguistic genius of his Motherland during his generation. Some day, after Kostya is gone, there may follow the well-deserved acclaim and accolades to his life's work --the odorless laurels of after-death recognition and respect; but not while Kostya - the persona - is still able to speak! That would never do for our society! Russia, as a rule, loves to reward the dead! The living Kostya will remain the outcast genius in the world ruled by mainstream mediocrity. His story is worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy. My favorite of the film is Mouse, a humble gentle soul, who, despite the Bohemian chaos that constitutes Kostya's irrational existence, loves him so unconditionally -- my only wish is that the director somehow twist their story into commercially successful romantic tragedy/comedy,so that Kostya and Mouse move to a better home and use hired help to clean it regularly and Mouse can learn to luxuriate. Marber1111 --IMDb.com