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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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Also Known As:

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$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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Tombe la neige
Written by Salvatore Adamo
Sung by the marshrutka driver.
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Uneven, but not totally without merit
26 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vodka Lemon is a charming, yet extremely uneven Arminian film that will delight some and bore others. Though reasonably well-crafted, the film lacks any real "zing", relying instead on many scenes that will seem commonplace to the astute art-house viewer. The film contains a handful of moments of sheer cinematic brilliance, unfortunately, they deserve a film worthy of their genius. Too dark to be a dark comedy and to light to be a serious drama, Vodka Lemon will leave many views disoriented and ultimately disgruntled. You may laugh, but these moments will be few and far between amid a sea of washed out snow filled landscapes and a seemingly endless series of bus rides. A noble effort, ultimately done in by lack of narrative cohesion.


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