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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
I especially like movies about cultures that we don't often get to see
Central Asia came to the world's attention after the 9/11 attacks, so one might say that Jamshed Usmonov's "Farishtai kitfi rost" ("Angel on the Right" in English) got released at the perfect time. It focuses on a man who returns to his village in Tajikistan after ten years in jail. But when he returns to his village, it turns out that the villagers have old scores to settle with him, even as he tends to his dying mother.
This is the first Tajik-language movie that I've seen. I've always liked movies that show us cultures that we don't often get to see. The Tajik people were probably little known to the world before the Soviet Union broke up, and Tajikistan's not usually on most people's radars. So, while this isn't a great movie, I like that it shows this little seen culture. I would like to see more movies from Central Asia.
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