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Release Date:
26 February 2003 (France) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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10 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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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Runtime:
France:91 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Japan:89 min | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Argentina:13 | France:U | Netherlands:12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A
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2 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Life's grim in the 'stans, 21 January 2004
Author: openthebox

A naturalistic film about a smalltime criminal who is duped into returning from Moscow to his Tajik village on the pretext that his wise, leather-skinned mother is dying. The corrupt locals want to collect his ten year-old debts by selling the dilapidated family home.

A vinnyjonesalike Tajik hardman - there is much lens-lingering on his fighter's cheekbones and thousand yard stare - our ex-con enters a period of langour, comatosing on vodka, kick-starting the village's movie projector (to edify the local drunks with Bollywood gorefests) and suffering occasional mild beatings. In-between, there is his offscreen attempted rape of a distant cousin and nurse (who, extremely disturbingly, falls in love with him), an ill-developed attempt to build paternal feelings for a cutesy illegitimate son, and the appearance of downmarket mafiosi 'from the city'. Further explanation would require plot-spoiling, but needless to say misanthropy rules and any audience hopes for redemption - or at least, some emotional depth - are ill-rewarded.

The film has extremely subdued pacing, stunted dialogue and uniformly cruel characters. Yet the passable cinematography and acting might engage minor anthropological interest. We witness a patriarchal society where women are kept behind curtain walls, hard-currency corruption is rife and a kingpin mayor calls the shots. Universals include the unforgiving nature of poverty-stricken communities and the gradual acceptance of death by the criminal's mother.

Best avoided. The film covers similar territory to the Iranian film 'The Wind Will Carry Us', but without depth of characterisation, long-distance landscape shots or high production values.

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