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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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
Aramo Guervorguian ... Jeune homme TV (as Aramo Guevorguian)
Lilit Karaétian ... Fiancée jeune homme TV
Témour Mhoyan ... Azad
Edouard Bagdassarov ... Auto-stoppeur 1
Gourguen Basmadjian ... Auto-stoppeur 2
Hayk Avaguian ... Chauffeur bus armoire

Hiner Saleem ... Homme piano

Directed by
Hiner Saleem 
Writing credits
Lei Dinety (writer)

Pauline Gouzenne (adaptation)

Hiner Saleem  writer

Produced by
Fabrice Guez .... executive producer
Taguhi Karapetyan .... producer
Pierrick Le Pochat .... line producer
Michel Loro .... line producer
Tiziana Soudani .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michel Korb 
Roustam Sadoyan 
Cinematography by
Christophe Pollock 
Film Editing by
Dora Mantzoros 
Production Design by
Kamal Hamarash 
Production Management
Margot Luneau .... production director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guillaume Bonnier .... assistant director
Christine Marrou .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Christian Fontaine .... sound re-recording mixer
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Frédéric Ullmann .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Viguen Begoyan .... electrician
Cyril Liberman .... assistant camera
Olivier Regent .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Music Department
Alexandre Gasparov .... musician: piano
Roland Romanelli .... musician: accordion
Jean-Pierre Smadja .... musician: oud
Zorica Stanojevic .... musician: violin
Transportation Department
Manuel Adoyan .... driver
Other crew
Julie Belthoise .... location manager
Geraldine Niche .... production secretary
Delphine Prothais .... production assistant: France

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Canada:84 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG
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Crew or equipment visible: 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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Oy Vey You Wanna Know From Problems?, 2 September 2008
Author: Lisa Falour from France

Problems? You think you have problems? I'll tell you who has problems. People in Armenia have lots and lots of problems. In fact, their main activities seem to be centered around visiting a cemetery in the middle of a snowy, unforgiving landscape, which eventually will thaw only to bring on horrendous mud. There isn't much life here. Some people live with memories of when there was a Soviet Union and things were actually better. Now, they have tiny pensions and hope that their surviving family members who got away can at least send back some money. If no money comes back, people just starve. That is pretty much all that goes on in this movie. As long as you know in advance that it is about desperate people in an Arctic wasteland, and you don't expect much more, you'll like it! I actually liked this movie. I was having a bad week. My refrigerator died, then my front tooth fell out. I still have it a lot better than these Armenians do. For that reason, I feel happy and grateful, if not a bit shellshocked by the stupefying lack of plot, action and dialogue in this movie. Don't get me wrong. There are some very funny scenes in this movie. If you like Jewish or Slavic humor, for example, and you wonder why it is always so black and so bleak, you might want to see this as a kind of modern view about a place where nothing changes, ever. Things are bad, and they stay bad. And then a horseman goes galloping by. In the middle of nowhere. And we can have a cigarette and a shot of vodka, until we run out of cigarettes and the vodka concession closes. Enjoy.

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