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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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 ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samal Esljamova ...
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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Release Date:

9 April 2009 (Kazakhstan)  »

Also Known As:

Gia ta matia tis Tulpan  »

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Budget:

€2,150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$156,331 (USA) (28 August 2009)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Kazakhstan's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

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A movie about the life in prairie
15 December 2009 | by (Slovakia) – See all my reviews

Tulpan is very similar to Kusturica's movies, because as in his films, animals play in Tulpan their role too (not the actual animals, but more the sounds they make) and the humor is equally situational, equally great. Tulpan is about a boy, who wants to get married, dreams about his goals, has family and friends in a kazakhstan prairie. Of course, not his goal is important in the movie, but the way, how he tries to achieve it. Except of folk songs there is no soundtrack, the background is always filled with some kind of mooing, bleating rutting of some kind of animal. When I realized it (after an hour), I found it extremely ironical. Except of this, you can hear some funny tip-offs and pictures of every-day life in the prairie, which seemed to me rare, primitive and kind of funny. Although I discovered the idea of the movie quickly, and I saw it many times before, Tulpan shows it much more original.


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