Yearning (1990)

Karot (original title)
Real life tragic story of Arakel whose anguish towards lost homeland made him cross Soviet-Turkish border during Stalin era.


Frunze Dovlatyan


Hrachya Kochar (novel), Ruben Ovsepyan | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rafael Atoyan Rafael Atoyan ... Arakel
Galya Novents ... Sanam
Ashot Melikdzhanyan Ashot Melikdzhanyan ... Aram (as Ashot Melikjanyan)
H. Kartashyan H. Kartashyan ... Hasmik
S. Petrosyan S. Petrosyan ... Tigran
Nerses Hovhannisyan Nerses Hovhannisyan ... Yenok
Arshak Hovhannisyan Arshak Hovhannisyan ... Mushegh
Levon Sharafyan ... Shavarshyan
Azat Gasparyan ... Sarkisov
A. Shahverdyan A. Shahverdyan ... Melnikov
Armen Santrosyan Armen Santrosyan ... Investigator
R. Khostikyan R. Khostikyan ... Investigator
A. Hunanyan A. Hunanyan ... Investigator
Nazik Mnoyan Nazik Mnoyan ... Mute girl
R. Gasparyan R. Gasparyan ... Sheikh


The story took place in 1930s in Soviet Armenia. Arakel Aloyan is a naive peasant who left his homeland in Western Armenia after Armenian genocide of 1915, witnessed his village burnt and women raped. All the efforts of family members to pursue Arakel to accustom himself to a new life in Soviet Armenia are in vain whilst he suffers from nostalgia. After having a vision one sleepless night, Arakel crosses the Soviet-Turkish border, visits his village ("to visit the tombs of my parents, to kiss the remaining walls of our village church"), meets his old Kurdish friends. After returning back, he's captured by NKVD (Soviet state security) being accused of "spying against the nation" and tragically ends his life in the exile train to Siberia. Written by Artak

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To the memory of Henrik Malyan.






Soviet Union



Release Date:

1 October 1990 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Nostalgia See more »

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Armenfilm See more »
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The small part of the movie was shot by Henrik Malyan before his death. Frunze Dovlatyan completed the movie and dedicated it to the memory of Henrik Malyan. See more »

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