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Life Triumphs (1977)

Nahapet (original title)
This story of a strong-willed man, Nahapet, who lost his family during the Armenian Genocide in 1915, is an eternal story of resurrection.


Henrik Malyan


Hrachya Kochar (novel), Henrik Malyan


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Complete credited cast:
Sos Sargsyan ... Nahapet
Sofik Sarkisyan Sofik Sarkisyan ... Noubar (as Sofik Sargsyan)
Mher Mkrtchyan ... Apro
Galya Novents ... Antaram
Vruyr Panoyan Vruyr Panoyan ... Movses
Guzh Manukyan Guzh Manukyan ... Ghoukas
Artashes Gedikyan Artashes Gedikyan ... Nho (as Artashes Geodakyan)
Sergush Babayan Sergush Babayan ... Manushak
Rudolf Gevondyan Rudolf Gevondyan ... Mushegh (as Rudolf Ghevondyan)
Aleksandr Khachatryan Aleksandr Khachatryan ... Harutyun
A. Fodulyan A. Fodulyan ... Karo (as H. Fodulyan)
M. Mirzoyan M. Mirzoyan ... Norayr
Ruben Martirosyan Ruben Martirosyan ... Hakob (as R. Martirosyan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
S. Ajabkhanyan S. Ajabkhanyan
Sergei Cholakhyan Sergei Cholakhyan


Nahapet (meaning patriarch in Armenian) has lost his family, his house and all his properties during the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Self-absorbed and reticent, he's like a withered tree. The village on the slope of Mount Aragats, where he finds shelter, consists only of half-destroyed houses and sun-scorched earth. Could Nahapet find the inner strength to build a new house, start a new family and revive the things cast away by his destiny? This eternal story of resurrection is symbolic for the Armenian nation's history. Written by Artak

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Release Date:

November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Triumphs See more »

Filming Locations:

Parakar, Armenia See more »

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Armenfilm See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Interesting for not really being interesting...
3 September 2017 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

I'm only writing this review because no one else did, and yet this relatively obscure film shows the usual IMDb Armenia dilemma: there's an obvious contest between down- and up-voters. If you look at the details, roughly half are either 1 or 10 stars.

So I implore on IMDb: please disable Turkish votes on just about anything on this subject. And I implore on the Turks responsible for these results: could you please stop abusing this website for your personal frustrations and get a life? You are fooling no one but yourselves.

About the film: I saw it a long time ago on Romanian TV. It's the only really Armenian film on the subject I know. It's not about the genocide, it's about one survivor coping with the aftermath, slowly connecting with his new wife. When their child is born in the end, he finally accepts his new life, and there just a few seconds showing how his family was killed. There are no accusations against the Turks, there is no propaganda, it's a very personal, unspectacular, even dull story.

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