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Kamal, 20 years old, can't have sexual intercourse with women although he is married. He goes to the big city and notices beautiful Vera, whom he follows round town. Will his partnership with her husband, a mafia thug, help him become a man ? Written by
Tajik screenwriter, producer and director Djamshed Usmonov's third feature film which he wrote, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 59th Cannes International Film Festival in 2006, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, at the 30th Gothenburg International Film Festival in 2007 and is a France-Germany-Switzerland-Russia-Tajikistan co-production which was produced by French producer Marie Masmonteil, French producer Denis Carot and screenwriter and producer Robert Boner. It tells the story about Kamal, a 20-year-old man who is living in an unconsummated marriage that has made him question his manhood. After seeing a doctor who assures him that nothing is wrong with him, Kamal travels from the country to the city to find himself a woman and on a bus he meets Vera whom he takes a liking to, but who turns out to be a married factory worker.
Finely and engagingly directed by Tajik filmmaker Djamshed Usmonov, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from the protagonist's point of view, draws a rare portrayal of a young man who when setting out to find a woman who can take his virginity ends up in a far more troubling situation than he initially expected. While notable for it's gritty and naturalistic milieu depictions, fine production design by production designer Maslodov Farotsatshoev, cinematography by cinematographer Pascal Lagriffoul and realism, this character-driven and narrative-driven indie neo-noir depicts a dense study of character and contains a humorous score by composer Pierre Aviat.
This slightly existentialistic and suspenseful coming-of-age tale from the mid-2000s about a young man's unpredictable and fortifying journey which is set against the backdrop of the landlocked and mountainous Republic of Tajikistan in Central Asia, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, esoteric characters, quick-witted dialog and the efficiently understated acting performances by actor Khurshed Golibekov in his debut feature film role, Russian actress Dinara Drukarova and actor Maruf Pulodzoda. An atypical and highly recommended dark comedy.
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