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In a remote, isolated Yazidi Kurdish village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons, travels daily to his wife's grave. There he meets the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romen Avinian ...
Hamo
Lala Sarkissian ...
Nina
Ivan Franek ...
Dilovan
Ruzan Mesropyan ...
Zine (as Rouzanna-Vite Mesropian)
Zahal Karielachvili ...
Giano
Astrik Avaguian ...
Avin
Armen Marutyan ...
Romik (as Armen Marouthian)
Armen Sarkissian ...
Conducteur autobus
Hasmik Alexanian ...
Femme acheteuse armoire
Roudik Revondyan ...
Homme Volga
Hasmik Ter-Karapetian ...
Femme de Romik
Svetlana Babelyan ...
Tali
Levon Meloyan ...
Patron Nina
Vahagn-Poncho Simonian ...
Robert (as Vahagn Poncho Simonian)
Gaguik Sarkissian ...
Homme acheteur armoire
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In a remote, isolated Yazidi Kurdish village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons, travels daily to his wife's grave. There he meets the lovely Nina, who is communing with her late husband. The two are penniless--she works in a local bar that is about to close down, while he has been forced to start selling his meager possessions. All seems hopelessly bleak, yet when Hamo begins to court Nina, their unexpected love revitalizes them. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$9,303 (USA) (8 October 2004)

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$57,781 (USA) (13 May 2005)
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In the last scene, when Hamo and Nina play the piano and move far away from the camera. You can see the shadow of someone pulling them behind the piano. See more »

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Tombe la neige
Written by Salvatore Adamo
Sung by the marshrutka driver.
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A Good Lemon
23 October 2004 | by (Taichung, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

This is a good film -- dark, and funny, and absurd. The setting is post-Soviet Armenia, today. Life is bleak in the Caucasus; the young have either emigrated or, if they have stayed, they've either turned cruel and abusive or are exploited through prostitution or tawdry sexual encounters. Most of the people in village are pensioners, however. Everyone is forced to sell their meager belongings just to get by. Life is tedious -- unemployed men gather in small groups to drink Vodka Lemon and discuss their effete prospects. A widow and widower, strangers, meet during their regular visits to the graves of their deceased partners. A bit of human warm and humor is thus established. But what gives this film its true strength of statement, and sets is tone, are the absurd moments -- it opens with a musician sleigh-riding on his sick-bed; it ends with a piano gliding off down the road into the distance; a man on horseback gallops across the screen at odd moments and for no known purpose. There is no rhyme or reason for the poverty experienced by these characters -- its effects are pointless, random, and unpredictable and absurd.


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