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Credited cast:
Tolepbergen Baisakalov ...
Boni (as Tulepbergen Baisakalov)
Samal Yeslyamova ...
Ondas Besikbasov ...
Bereke Turganbayev ...
Nurzhigit Zhapabayev ...
Mahabbat Turganbayeva ...
Amangeldi Nurzhanbayev ...
Tazhyban Khalykulova ...
Zhappas Zhailaubaev ...
Esentai Tulendiev ...
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Askhat Kuchencherekov ...
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On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too many lambs are stillborn. Against this backdrop, Asa, a dreamer who's slight of build and recently finished with a stint in the Russian Navy, tries to establish a life on the steppes. He, his friend Boni, and Ondas call on Tulpan, the only single girl in the area. The men talk to her parents while she listens out of sight. Her answer and Asa's later trips to talk to her form an arc of hope against the harsh land. Is this the place of Asa's dreams? What about the other lambs? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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9 April 2009 (Kazakhstan)  »

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Gia ta matia tis Tulpan  »

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€2,150,000 (estimated)

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$8,620 (USA) (3 April 2009)

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$156,331 (USA) (28 August 2009)
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Kazakhstan's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

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Life on the steppes
18 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fact that this film won almost every award it was nominated for is of little consequence to the average film goer. It is about life on the Central Asian steppes of Kazakhstan. Yes, that Kazakhstan, but without Sasha Baron Cohen.

Life here is very hard. There is not a tree in sight, and the wind whips the dirt around mercilessly. Asa just returned from his tour of duty in the Russian Navy, and we hear him tell his potential in-laws of the things he encountered. He is after the hand of Tulpan, the only available bride in the area. He wants to settle down and raise sheep, but he must have a wife. No deal. She thinks his ears are too big, but I believe it is mama that wants her to do more than just be a wife who cooks and cleans and has babies on the steppes.

Asa keeps trying to win her as he tries to become a shepherd. He is not doing well at either.

The funniest part of the film is the vet. You can't describe what he does with a cigarette, but you have to see it.

It won't win any popularity contests, but it is worth seeing.


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