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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
Location Management
Julie Belthoise .... location manager
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
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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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Good Lemon, 23 October 2004
Author: egp03jts from Taichung, Taiwan

This is a good film -- dark, and funny, and absurd. The setting is post-Soviet Armenia, today. Life is bleak in the Caucasus; the young have either emigrated or, if they have stayed, they've either turned cruel and abusive or are exploited through prostitution or tawdry sexual encounters. Most of the people in village are pensioners, however. Everyone is forced to sell their meager belongings just to get by. Life is tedious -- unemployed men gather in small groups to drink Vodka Lemon and discuss their effete prospects. A widow and widower, strangers, meet during their regular visits to the graves of their deceased partners. A bit of human warm and humor is thus established. But what gives this film its true strength of statement, and sets is tone, are the absurd moments -- it opens with a musician sleigh-riding on his sick-bed; it ends with a piano gliding off down the road into the distance; a man on horseback gallops across the screen at odd moments and for no known purpose. There is no rhyme or reason for the poverty experienced by these characters -- its effects are pointless, random, and unpredictable and absurd.

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