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Release Date:
2 March 2011 (France) See more »
The main hero of the film is an electrician with a far greater effect on the people around him than his job defines... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Disappointing and depressing See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
Aktan Arym Kubat ... Svet-Ake
Taalaikan Abazova ... Bermet
Askat Sulaimanov ... Bekzat - businessman
Asan Amanov ... Esen - old mayor
Stanbek Toichubaev ... Mansur - new mayor

Directed by
Aktan Arym Kubat 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Talip Ibrahimov 
Aktan Arym Kubat 

Produced by
Marc Baschet .... producer
Karl Baumgartner .... producer
Alexander Bohr .... co-producer
Thanassis Karathanos .... producer
Altynai Koichumanova .... producer
Cédomir Kolar .... producer
Denis Vaslin .... producer
Manfred Zurhorst .... associate producer
Original Music by
Andre Matthias 
Cinematography by
Khasan Kydyraliyev 
Film Editing by
Petar Markovic 
Production Design by
Talgat Asyrankulov 
Costume Design by
Inara Abdieva 
Makeup Department
Tolkyn Asylbekova .... makeup artist
Production Management
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Martin Hampel .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Benjamin Hörbe .... dialogue editor
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Benjamin Krbetschek .... foley editor
Holger Lehmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Neumann .... sound designer
Bakyt Niyaraliyev .... sound
Visual Effects by
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects supervisor
Editorial Department
Peter Bernaers .... colorist
Xavier Desjours .... dailies color grader
Vladimir Gajic .... assistant editor
Music Department
Sandro Friedrich .... musician: ethnic flutes
Other crew
Guillermo J. Deisler .... production coordinator
Thomas Král .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Svet-Ake" - France (original title)
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80 min
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A (Ontario) | Germany:o.Al. (f)


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14 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing and depressing, 7 January 2012
Author: samradion from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I bought this after having read the write-up and back of the box expecting an uplifting, humorous and heartwarming tale.

It is none of these things. The film carries on at a slow pace and gets progressively darker. Just when you think it's all going to turn around and have a positive ending it pulls the rug out from under you and ends on an extremely miserable and unpleasant note.

If the back of the box said "an exploration of the futility of existence in impoverished Kyrgyzstan" You would at least know what you were getting. All that stuff in the write-up about light love and laughter is not really true as the ending of this film smashes any of the humanity that goes before it.

If I'd had a better expectation of the film I probably would have enjoyed it more but it's practically sold as a comedy and is in fact a tragedy.

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