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Killer (1998)

Tueur à gages (original title)
Marat works as a personal driver in Almaty, capital of Kazakhstan. When he hits a Mercedes, the nightmare begins. The loan he accepts to pay for the damages puts him at the mercy of a Mafia boss.

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Darezhan Omirbayev
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Credited cast:
Talgat Assetov Talgat Assetov ... Marat
Roksana Abouova Roksana Abouova ... Aijan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ye. Abdigaliyev Ye. Abdigaliyev
V. Badilbayev V. Badilbayev
T. Bayeva T. Bayeva
Omirbek Boranbayev Omirbek Boranbayev
G. Gilyarov G. Gilyarov
M. Kaysenova M. Kaysenova
A. Kekilbayeva A. Kekilbayeva
A. Khambazayev A. Khambazayev
P. Kudrin P. Kudrin
S. Kudrin S. Kudrin
N. Makarenko N. Makarenko
A. Makin A. Makin
Vitaliy Markishev Vitaliy Markishev
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Marat works as a personal driver in Almaty, capital of Kazakhstan. When he hits a Mercedes, the nightmare begins. The loan he accepts to pay for the damages puts him at the mercy of a Mafia boss.

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a young man gets in trouble in post communist Kazakhstan
17 June 2007 | by cheese_cakeSee all my reviews

a young man gets into an accident. he now owes people money. he lives in present day Almaty, Kazakhstan, where jobs are scarce. he turns to dubious characters for help which leads him deeper and deeper into trouble. i really enjoyed this movie for a number of reasons. first up, it gives us a glimpse of present day Kazakhstan which is very real. you get a feel for the city, it's inhabitants and what kind of struggles they are going through. the acting by the lead actors (poor state run art school students ??) is also very refreshing. rather that emoting like crazy, they seem almost resigned to the fate that is being inflicted upon them. it is the sort of desperate calm that truly happens in life, rather than Hollywood manufactured fake emotions. i also enjoyed getting a glimpse of this vintage post communism society. only communism has not gone away, it's ghost still lingers and the people ache for it. the certainty of a job, security, the apparatus they are used to. the director reflects on this is some side monologues, but thankfully does not get heavy on it. the ending of the movie is rather abrupt, but seems completely plausible within the context of what is going on in that country right now. watch this one, you will not regret it.


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Country:

Kazakhstan | France

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

6 January 1999 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Almaty, Kazakhstan

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