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Maimil (2001)

A teenager in a Kirgiz provincial town passes the time between his work at the railroad and hanging out with his friends before he has to join the military service.


Aktan Arym Kubat (as Aktan Abdykalykov)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mirlan Abdykalykov Mirlan Abdykalykov ... The Chimp
Dzylykcy Dzakypov Dzylykcy Dzakypov ... The father
Sergey Golovkin Sergey Golovkin ... Sacha
Alexandra Mitrokhina Alexandra Mitrokhina ... Zina
Yuriy Sokolov Yuriy Sokolov ... Iouri
Salynbek Sarymsakov Salynbek Sarymsakov ... Akbar
Alexei Manzinbine Alexei Manzinbine ... Friend of the father
Tchynarkoul Moukacheva Tchynarkoul Moukacheva ... Woman with the skin stain
Jyldyz Abakirova Jyldyz Abakirova ... Jyldyz
Veronika Semibratova Veronika Semibratova ... Vicki
Renata Tanabaeva Renata Tanabaeva ... Renata
Nelli Soultangazieva Nelli Soultangazieva ... Nelli
Saida Mamyrbaeva Saida Mamyrbaeva ... Saida
Nikolai Bouriak Nikolai Bouriak ... Head worker
Ainagoul Essenkojeva Ainagoul Essenkojeva ... The Mother


A teenager in a Kirgiz provincial town passes the time between his work at the railroad and hanging out with his friends before he has to join the military service.

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France | Kyrgyzstan | Japan


Kirghiz | Russian

Release Date:

23 January 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De aap See more »

Filming Locations:

Balyktchy, Kyrgyzstan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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In 2001, the film was chosen to represent Kyrgyzstan in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2002 Oscars, making it the second film to compete since Kyrgyz independence. The film competed against 50 other countries and was ultimately unable to make the Top Five. See more »

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Good introduction to Kyrgystan films.
29 March 2016 | by mrschippy-1See all my reviews

This is the story of a boy who is no longer a boy but not quite a man. The Chimp is a very interesting tale about growing up and making choices in your life, about families and friends. I love the pacing of this film, it takes time to tell the story. The acting was a little hit and miss by some but there were two that I thought were very good, the lead actor, Mirlan Abdykalykov I enjoyed his performance, and Dzylykcy Dzakypov as the father was very good as well. Lovingly photographed showing that there is beauty in the small things of life and even in the most desolate of surroundings. I had never watched a movie from Kyrgyzstan before, but this was a fine introduction to their films.

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