Set in the Tadjik village of Asht, this film draws on the Muslim notion that we are born with an angel on each shoulder, and that the angel on the right records the good that we do ... See full summary »
Set in the Tadjik village of Asht, this film draws on the Muslim notion that we are born with an angel on each shoulder, and that the angel on the right records the good that we do throughout our lives, and the angel on the left the bad. A man who has served ten years in a Moscow prison is summoned home upon release, to help settle the affairs of his dying mother, but it is soon borne into him that he must settle his own outstanding affairs with the villagers. The nine year old son he never knew about is entrusted by the dying mother with the family heirloom jewellery, tasked with only passing it on to his father if he becomes a good man. Written by
Bleak story of an unsympathetic ex-con coming home to his small town who becomes the object of hatred for most of the citizens. The highlight is the relationship he has with the son who wasn't even born before he left for jail. (It sounds quite corny, but the environment is so relentlessly grimy that it works.) The low parts are his cold relationship with his saintly mother (realistic) and the love interest (she's beautiful but unbelievable, even though its depiction is well-handled). Worth seeing for the fabulous cinematography and the interesting acting.
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