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26 February 2003 (France) See more »
Set in the Tadjik village of Asht, this film draws on the Muslim notion that we are born with an angel on each shoulder... See more » | Add synopsis »
10 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Jamshed Usmonov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jamshed Usmonov 

Produced by
Tatiana Abdullaeva .... line producer
Joël Farges .... associate producer
Elda Guidinetti .... associate producer
Elise Jalladeau .... associate producer
Veronique Marty .... associate producer
Marco Mueller .... producer
Andres Pfäffli .... associate producer
Jamshed Usmonov .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Galasso  (as Mike Galasso)
Cinematography by
Pascal Lagriffoul 
Film Editing by
Jacques Comets 
Production Design by
Maslodov Farosatshoev 
Costume Design by
Marina Yakunina 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Davras Azimov .... assistant director
Khurshed Golibekov .... assistant director
Safar Mamadjonov .... assistant director
Nosir Rahmonov .... assistant director
Firas Sabzaliev .... assistant director
Khusrav Sultonov .... assistant director
Sound Department
Sarah Anderson .... dialogue editor
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects editor
Eric Bonnard .... sound re-recording mixer
Dana Farzanehpour .... sound
Waldir Xavier .... sound editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sarah Anderson .... assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"Fararishtay kifti rost" - Italy (original title)
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France:91 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Japan:89 min | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | France:U | Netherlands:12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A
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Portrays some realism, from an outsider's perspective, 22 April 2007
Author: ckuk from United States

My Central Asian colleagues have not seen this film and perhaps wouldn't be too pleased by the portrayal of criminality in their region's rural areas. Nevertheless, I thought this film gave us a peak at some of the poverty, tradition, and beauty lacing post-Soviet Tajikistan. Jaded Hamro, a "Brat"- inspired apathetic only son (in his late 30's?) returns to his unwelcoming village hoping to pay his last respects to his 'ailing' mother. While few words are exchanged between the two, it's clear that he hasn't learned anything from his 10 years in jail, and that she is at a loss as to how to reform her son and settle all their debts.

The towns folk are filled with many unsavory yet somewhat amicable characters who remind one of greedy extended family members looking out for each other while guarding their own backs. The mayor seems to represent much of the political figures throughout this region, whereas grafts are not uncommon and one wonders what makes Hamro more of a criminal than the other leaders of the community. The role of women in this community seems dismal.

We get only a small glimpse of some of the proud symbols of this country, such as the mountains, pomegranate trees, and craftsmanship. Seeing as the country's recent history has experienced post-communist confusion, war, and an influx of refugees all leading to economic hardship, it's appropriate that these symbols are understated. There is a bleakness in the storyline, cinematography, and music, but the humor and realism makes this less grim than some of the Iranian and Kurdish films from the 90's. People for the most part are able to survive, perhaps because whatever they own comes from remnants of the Soviet days (clothing, property) and because they continue to hold on to their tradition. One of those traditions may be the hope that is placed with the younger generation.

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