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Tulpan (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 April 2009 (Kazakhstan)
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

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Askhat Kuchencherekov ...
Asa
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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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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Comedy | Drama

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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) (5 April 2009)

Gross:

$156,331 (USA) (30 August 2009)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.85 : 1
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Kazakhstan's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

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The word, "Shepherds", is misspelled as "Shepards" in the credits of the Australian DVD. See more »

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Akkuym
Written by A. Esebaev
Performed by N. Arabbaeva
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Heartfelt, silly, slow
8 March 2011 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

The life on the Kazakh steppe must be one of the hardest in the world, at least if its depiction in this film is anything to go by: a world of arid plains, dust storms, and post-Soviet motorised transport that moves no faster than a camel can walk. 'Tulpan' provides a heart-felt depiction of this life (one really feels one understands the people's love for the animals on which they depend after watching it); but is also full of sly, silly comedy, the story of a sailor who dreamed of becoming a shepherd. However, there's not much dialogue, and at times it could have done with a faster pace. But it's a nice insight into a world away from that which most of us live in.


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