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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 / Woman buying wardrobe
Roudik Revondyan Roudik Revondyan ... Homme Volga
Hasmik Ter-Karapetian Hasmik Ter-Karapetian ... Femme de Romik / Romik's wife
Svetlana Babelyan Svetlana Babelyan ... Tali
Levon Meloyan Levon Meloyan ... Patron Nina / Nina's boss
Vahagn-Poncho Simonian Vahagn-Poncho Simonian ... Robert (as Vahagn Poncho Simonian)
Gaguik Sarkissian Gaguik Sarkissian ... Homme acheteur armoire / Man buying cabinet
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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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Details

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 USA:

$9,303, 10 October 2004

Gross USA:

$66,361

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,361
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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 »

Soundtracks

Pismo
Performed by Klavdiya Shulzhenko
Played as Hamo and Nina dance.
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Kurdish film director shows a humane story of economic hardships set in snow capped mountains of Armenia !!!!!

It is believed that a successful film is recognized not only by a good story but also by the manner in which that particular good story is told.If we take these concepts into consideration and watch "Vodka Lemon",we would find that we are watching a good story which is being told in a very frank and honest manner.In "Vodka Lemon",Iraqi/Kurdish film director Hiner Saleem deftly shows the warmth of human emotions in an area full of snow.His film gives a creditable message that due to their indefatigable will to survive ordinary people can remain warm even in an extremely cold area covered with many snow capped mountains. His film bears testimony to the fact that life goes on for everybody despite various obstacles which are mostly related to money.For admirers of ancient Soviet Union,Vodka Lemon gives many hints related to the nostalgia of the old times.Some of this film's characters seem to suggest that old times were wonderful in former Soviet Union as everybody was able to lead a simple life without having to bother about food and other issues related to money.Apart from its political viewpoint which is fairly innocuous,Vodka Lemon wins viewers' hearts as it has most flavors of human emotions such as comedy,satire and tragedy. In the modern realm of world cinema there are times when talented filmmakers are discovered purely by chance.Hiner Saleem is one such discovery whose film "Vodka Lemon" won the best film prize as part of counter current section at Venice International Film Festival 2003. PS : Film critic Lalit Rao would like to thank a good friend Mr.Philippe Pham for having gifted a DVD of this film for detailed analysis.


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