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Vodka Lemon (2003)

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
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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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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

Official submission of Armenia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Tombe la neige
Written by Salvatore Adamo
Sung by the marshrutka driver.
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Surrealism and comedy!
17 October 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Vodka Lemon is such a great movie by a Kurdish director living in France. The film is full of surrealism (like the horse galloping in the streets and the ending in which the piano moves by itself)and comedy! The beautiful snow covered landscape is extraordinary, the scenes during the nights are best in terms of cinematography. I think this film is Hiner Saleem's best film, after moderately nice "Long Live the Bride...Liberation of Kurdistan", in particular. It shows how Kurdish people living in Armenia influenced by the Russian and Armenian cultures, like drinking vodka-lemon all day, even at the cemetery, while mourning for the dead wife. The story is well organized and weaved, sub-plots works well (like the piano player girl, Zine, and the Avin's marriage with the weird Kurdish man). Vodka Lemon's representation of Kurdish life and culture in Armenia is proper and great I think, Saleem is opening a window that reflects the life of Kurds in Diasporas. He did it before in his first feature "Long Live the Bride..)

devrim kilic

editor in chief www.kurdishcinema.org www.kurdishcinema.com


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