Vodka Lemon (2003)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 1,586 users   Metascore: 69/100
Reviews: 14 user | 39 critic | 16 from

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 »



, (adaptation), 1 more credit »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s, the film tells of a tragicomic road trip set in Iraq's Kurdistan.

Director: Hiner Saleem
Stars: Nazmî Kirik, Eyam Ekrem, Belçim Bilgin
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the war between Iran and Iraq, a group of Iranian Kurd musicians set off on an almost impossible mission. They will try to find Hanareh, a singer with a magic voice who crossed the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Shahab Ebrahimi, Faegh Mohamadi, Allah-Morad Rashtian
Blackboards (2000)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a ... See full summary »

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Stars: Said Mohamadi, Behnaz Jafari, Bahman Ghobadi
Half Moon (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Ismail Ghaffari, Allah-Morad Rashtian, Farzin Sabooni
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society now at peace, he thinks about quitting the police force, but ... See full summary »

Director: Hiner Saleem
Stars: Korkmaz Arslan, Golshifteh Farahani, Suat Usta
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Diyarbakir, in the late nineties: Two young Kurdish children are forced to live on the street after their parents have been murdered by a member of a secret state security force.

Director: Miraz Bezar
Stars: Senay Orak, Muhammed Al, Hakan Karsak
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal
Comedy | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, who calls himself "the Prince", make a good living by traveling around small South American towns and organizing ... See full summary »

Director: Álvaro Brechner
Stars: Gary Piquer, Jouko Ahola, Antonella Costa
Zozo (2005)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Lebanese boy gets separated from his family during the civil war and ends up in Sweden.

Director: Josef Fares
Stars: Imad Creidi, Antoinette Turk, Elias Gergi
Luna Papa (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The unborn child of Mamlakat (Khamatova) is telling her story. She is 17, beautiful and vivacious, and dreaming secretly of becoming an actress. She lives with her father and brother (... See full summary »

Director: Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Stars: Chulpan Khamatova, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ato Mukhamedzhanov
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Páll is an artistic and sensitive young man. Getting dumped by his girlfriend, Dagny, triggers his descent into madness. We follow him on his way to inevitable doom; at home with his ... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Hilmir Snær Guðnason


Cast overview, first billed only:
Romen Avinian ...
Lala Sarkissian ...
Ivan Franek ...
Ruzan Mesropyan ...
Zine (as Rouzanna-Vite Mesropian)
Zahal Karielachvili ...
Astrik Avaguian ...
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 ...
Levon Meloyan ...
Patron Nina
Vahagn-Poncho Simonian ...
Robert (as Vahagn Poncho Simonian)
Gaguik Sarkissian ...
Homme acheteur armoire


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| | |


| | |

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Votka Limon  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$57,781 (USA) (13 May 2005)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Tombe la neige
Written by Salvatore Adamo
Sung by the marshrutka driver.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lifetimes in Armenia
25 December 2006 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The reality of the most miserable places of Armenia. Beautiful landscapes whose beauty is just comparable to the poverty of the people that lives there. The dismantling of the Sovietic Union left too many people to fate.

"Vodka Lemon" is basically a contemplative movie, it's so poetic and the photography is just awesome. Maybe the development of some of the characters is rather random, and those who like to see some action will probably dislike "Vodka". Some may think that in "VL" does not happen anything... but that's not true. It's just that the things that happen in this movie are so small, the people that the story is about are so insignificant... but hey, that's life.

*My rate: 7/10

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what's the deal with the horse? guy9567
Great movie edgaloustian
Questions about the movie TheSpeedQueen
Question on the Culture snowshoe-4
I would also like to see this TheSpeedQueen
I am deceived by the overated views on mags and internet!!! joelstangerine
Discuss Vodka Lemon (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: