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Vodka Lemon (2003)

In a remote, isolated Yazidi Kurdish village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons, travels daily to his wife's grave. There he meets the ... See full summary »


Hiner Saleem


Lei Dinety, Pauline Gouzenne (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Romen Avinian Romen Avinian ... Hamo
Lala Sarkissian Lala Sarkissian ... Nina
Ivan Franek ... Dilovan
Ruzan Mesropyan Ruzan Mesropyan ... Zine (as Rouzanna-Vite Mesropian)
Zahal Karielachvili Zahal Karielachvili ... Giano
Astrik Avaguian Astrik Avaguian ... Avin
Armen Marutyan Armen Marutyan ... Romik (as Armen Marouthian)
Armen Sarkissian Armen Sarkissian ... Conducteur autobus
Hasmik Alexanian Hasmik Alexanian ... Femme acheteuse armoire / Woman buying wardrobe
Roudik Revondyan Roudik Revondyan ... Homme Volga
Hasmik Ter-Karapetian Hasmik Ter-Karapetian ... Femme de Romik / Romik's wife
Svetlana Babelyan Svetlana Babelyan ... Tali
Levon Meloyan Levon Meloyan ... Patron Nina / Nina's boss
Vahagn-Poncho Simonian Vahagn-Poncho Simonian ... Robert (as Vahagn Poncho Simonian)
Gaguik Sarkissian Gaguik Sarkissian ... Homme acheteur armoire / Man buying cabinet


In a remote, isolated Yazidi Kurdish village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons, travels daily to his wife's grave. There he meets the lovely Nina, who is communing with her late husband. The two are penniless--she works in a local bar that is about to close down, while he has been forced to start selling his meager possessions. All seems hopelessly bleak, yet when Hamo begins to court Nina, their unexpected love revitalizes them. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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yazidis | yazidi | love | kurdish | armenia | See All (26) »


Comedy | Drama


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Official submission of Armenia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »


In the last scene, when Hamo and Nina play the piano and move far away from the camera. You can see the shadow of someone pulling them behind the piano. See more »


Tombe la neige
Written by Salvatore Adamo
Sung by the marshrutka driver.
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A Necessary View...
6 March 2006 | by tempsht2See all my reviews

Definitely not a film for everyone. But even in spite of the horrible poverty and other realities of "living" in Armenia I would recommend it. The lead actor and actress plays their roles admirably as do most of the more minor characters. I especially recommend this film for its displays of Armenian culture and tradition. These scenes were all touching, funny, and hopeful. The ending is a little too surrealistic for me and this unexpected conclusion certainly does not help me in recommending this film. However, all things considered, I would still recommend this film to all who would like a meaningful view of real developing world poverty, tradition, and humor.

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Votka Limon See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,303, 10 October 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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