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In a remote, isolated 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... 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 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 as Hamo begins to court Nina, their unexpected union revitalizes them. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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21 November 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Votka Limon  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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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Pismo
Performed by Klavdiya Shulzhenko
Played as Hamo and Nina dance.
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Beautifully Filmed
15 February 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Other comments have detailed some of the plot elements of this beautiful film, but haven't really mentioned the perfect visual balances throughout this film that also help keep it from sliding into depression or wallowing or sentimentality. For example, as the main character hauls his possessions to sell at the market one by one, the visual incongruity of the huge items he's hauling on his own down a stretch of endless highway is so quirky and absurd that the subtle smart humor offsets any chance we'd let pity sully the scene.

There are scenes in this film so gorgeous that I think of them with crystal clarity, even months later.

Don't miss this film if you have the chance to see it.


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