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Don't Cry (2003)

Jylama (original title)
the story of a Chinese-trained opera singer living in a remote Kazakh village with her grandmother and her ailing young niece. The bulk of the action consists of the steadfast heroine ... See full summary »

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Amir Karakulov
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the story of a Chinese-trained opera singer living in a remote Kazakh village with her grandmother and her ailing young niece. The bulk of the action consists of the steadfast heroine trying to make enough money to get the rare and costly medicine that may save her niece's life. What makes the film so thrilling is that this elemental situation allows the director and his cast of non-actors to illuminate the details of everyday life: reality and fiction dissolve into each other, and the audience achieves a heightened awareness of simple activities like the cooking of a meal, teaching a child to count in Chinese and English, visits to the doctor or the marketplace. Entirely improvised by the filmmaker and his actors. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

Kazakhstan

Language:

Kazakh

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Greece) See more »

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Don't Cry See more »

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slow but ultimately touching
18 October 2003 | by Lars-24See all my reviews

This is the only movie from Kazakhstan I've ever seen, so I didn't know what to expect. The style is very stark, and reminds me of a Dogme 95 film, in particular in its non-use of music. It takes a bit to get going, and some of the scenes are too long, but like the best films of that series, in the end it cuts that much closer. The story is about a singer in Kazakhstan, born in China, who is under doctor's orders not to sing for a year. She raises her child and does simple work for the grandmother. When the child gets sick, however, she must make sacrifices to buy the medicine. The conclusion is very strong, because of restrictions the filmmaker has made until then.


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