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Angel on the Right (2002)
"Fararishtay kifti rost" (original title)

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An unrepentant prodigal son straight out of a Russian jail returns to his hometown, Asht, to help his mother die with dignity. But his debts in his hometown are many and long overdue, the ... See full summary »

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Uktamoi Miyasarova ...
Halima
Maruf Pulodzoda ...
Hamro
Kova Tilavpur ...
Yatim
Mardonkul Kulbobo ...
Mayor
Malohat Maqsumova ...
Savri
Furkat Burlev ...
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Orzuqui Kholikov ...
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Pahimjon Mahmudov
Mukhtor Mirzoev
Odil Nakbov
Pulodjon Usmonov
Parvis Askarov
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An unrepentant prodigal son straight out of a Russian jail returns to his hometown, Asht, to help his mother die with dignity. But his debts in his hometown are many and long overdue, the townspeople are tough as nails, and he soon gets more than he expected from the quiet village. In this dark comedy, his third feature, writer-director Jamshed Usmonov cast the population of Asht as its own persuasive self and his own mother and brother as the fractured yet formidable domestic couple Written by Anonymous

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26 February 2003 (France)  »

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Stark, optimistic and striking
3 March 2005 | by (Hertford, England) – See all my reviews

This striking film from Tajikistan takes wing from an Islamic fable which posits that all people have an angel on their left shoulder taking account of bad deeds and another on the right tallying the good.

Tough guy Hamro returns to his wintering home village to care for his sick mother after a decade in Moscow, planning to sell her house and settle his outstanding problems.

But life's not so easily ordered and he has to contend with local gangsters and a son from a forgotten relationship while weighing up how he wants to use the rest of his life.

The film's unfussy, documentary style is a major strength, rendering the lives of its characters starkly believable as they face life with a combination of resignation, simple optimism and grim humour.


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