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Absurdistan (2008)

An allegorical comedy centered on two childhood sweethearts who seem destined for one another until the women of their isolated village, angered by male indifference toward the water ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Temelko (as Maximilian Mauff)
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Aya (as Kristýna Malérová)
Nino Chkheidze ...
Grandmother
Ivane Ivantbelidze ...
Shooting Gallery Guy
Ani Amiridze ...
Ilko Stefanovski ...
Guri - Temelko's Father
Assun Planas ...
Temelko's Mother
Otto Kuhnle ...
Barber
Hijran Nasirova ...
Barber's Wife
Hendrik Arnst ...
Landlord
Olga Nefyodova ...
Landlord's Wife
Adalat Ziyadkhanov ...
Policeman (as Adalet Zyadhanov)
Matanat Atakishiyeva ...
Policeman's Wife
Azelarab Kaghat ...
Baker
Michaela Bandi ...
Baker's Wife
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An allegorical comedy centered on two childhood sweethearts who seem destined for one another until the women of their isolated village, angered by male indifference toward the water shortage, go on a sex strike that threatens the young couple's first night of love. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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20 March 2008 (Germany)  »

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Absurdistán  »

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$1,441 (USA) (6 February 2009)

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$39,078 (USA) (12 June 2009)
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Written by Shigeru Umebayashi
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no water for the forgotten village
21 September 2015 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Veit Helmer's "Absurdistan" is a satire on the temptation to shirk one's responsibility. It's set in a village in the Caucasus ignored by all the surrounding governments. The men are so obsessed with proving their manliness that they've ignored the aging pipe that provides the village with its water. So, the women use their own power to force some change.

One trick that the movie uses is to never identify the country in which the story takes place. They speak Russian, but it could just as easily be Georgia, Armenia or Azerbaijan (or even Chechnya). The point is that this village is one of the world's forgotten places. The people rely exclusively on each other and their know-how. It's inevitable that the two young protagonists get caught up in the village's traditions and lackadaisical attitude towards a glaring problem. For all that we know, there could be places like this in the US or Canada.

I recommend the movie.


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