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10 February 1999 (France) See more »
In a Kyrgyz village, five older women adopt an infant foundling. Jump ahead about 12 years: the boy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Aktan Arym Kubat  (as Aktan Abdykalykov)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Avtandil Adikulov  writer
Aktan Arym Kubat  writer (as Aktan Abdykalykov)
Marat Sarulu  writer

Produced by
Irizbaj Alybayev .... producer
Marc Baschet .... producer
Frédérique Dumas-Zajdela .... producer
Cédomir Kolar .... producer
Original Music by
Nurlan Nishanov 
Cinematography by
Khasan Kydyraliyev 
Film Editing by
Tilek Mambetova 
Art Direction by
Emil Tilelov 
Production Management
Mathieu Bompoint .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Bakyt Niyaraliyev .... sound
Gaukhar Sidikova .... sound
Other crew
Philippe Valentin .... head production accountant

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Also Known As:
"Beshkempir" - Kyrgyzstan (original title)
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81 min
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An Unspectacular Coming Of Age Film, 12 December 2008
Author: sddavis63 ( from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

This movie is interesting primarily because it is a Kyrgyzstani film, and as such it offers a few interesting glimpses of Kyrgyz culture and rituals - particularly those around death after the passing of Beshkempir's mother. Aside from that, I didn't find a whole lot to get excited about in this pretty straightforward coming of age story. Beshkempir is the title character - a boy adopted as a baby by a childless couple, but who has never been told he's adopted. He's treated with a strange mix of contempt and acceptance by the other boys of his village (who know the secret) and even by his own father, although by the end of the movie Beshkempir and his father seem to have sorted out their relationship. Eventually, in a competition for the attentions of a local girl, Beshkempir's secret comes out, and the entire village has to come to terms with it. The movie is filmed mostly in black and white with occasional bursts of colour popping in. It didn't really take hold of me. Overall, a disappointment. 3/10

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