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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 »

Director:

Hiner Saleem

Writers:

Lei Dinety, Pauline Gouzenne (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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
Roudik Revondyan Roudik Revondyan ... Homme Volga
Hasmik Ter-Karapetian Hasmik Ter-Karapetian ... Femme de Romik
Svetlana Babelyan Svetlana Babelyan ... Tali
Levon Meloyan Levon Meloyan ... Patron Nina
Vahagn-Poncho Simonian Vahagn-Poncho Simonian ... Robert (as Vahagn Poncho Simonian)
Gaguik Sarkissian Gaguik Sarkissian ... Homme acheteur armoire
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy | Switzerland | Armenia

Language:

Armenian | Kurdish | Russian | French

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Votka Limon See more »

Filming Locations:

Armenia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€23,604 (Italy), 23 November 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,303, 10 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,781, 15 May 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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Pismo
Performed by Klavdiya Shulzhenko
Played as Hamo and Nina dance.
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Lifetimes in Armenia
25 December 2006 | by Henry FieldsSee all my reviews

The reality of the most miserable places of Armenia. Beautiful landscapes whose beauty is just comparable to the poverty of the people that lives there. The dismantling of the Sovietic Union left too many people to fate.

"Vodka Lemon" is basically a contemplative movie, it's so poetic and the photography is just awesome. Maybe the development of some of the characters is rather random, and those who like to see some action will probably dislike "Vodka". Some may think that in "VL" does not happen anything... but that's not true. It's just that the things that happen in this movie are so small, the people that the story is about are so insignificant... but hey, that's life.

*My rate: 7/10


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