In 2001, the film was chosen to represent Kyrgyzstan in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2002 Oscars, making it the second film to compete since Kyrgyz independence. The film competed against 50 other countries and was ultimately unable to make the Top Five. See more »
Maimal is the story of a young Kirghiz who has to go to the army. But before, he would like to have his first sexual experience. The problem is that he looks like a monkey and is shy because of this. Sounds dull ? Maybe if it was an American movie. It would be something like American Pie. But in Kirghiztan, it leads to a touching fable about young Kirghizs. And it's a good way to talk about the problems of this former USSR Republic : alcohol, poverty and so on. Let's say this movie is clever, well acted, well directed and an interesting experience for every movie lovers. Ever seen a kirghiz movie ? Try this one.
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