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Tulpan (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 April 2009 (Kazakhstan)
On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too ... See full summary »


Sergei Dvortsevoy

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Cast overview:
Askhat Kuchencherekov Askhat Kuchencherekov ... Asa
Tolepbergen Baisakalov Tolepbergen Baisakalov ... Boni (as Tulepbergen Baisakalov)
Samal Yeslyamova ... Samal
Ondassyn Bessikbassov Ondassyn Bessikbassov ... Ondas (as Ondas Besikbasov)
Bereke Turganbayev Bereke Turganbayev ... Beke
Nurzhigit Zhapabayev Nurzhigit Zhapabayev ... Nuka
Mahabbat Turganbayeva Mahabbat Turganbayeva ... Maha
Amangeldi Nurzhanbayev Amangeldi Nurzhanbayev ... Tulpan's Father
Tazhyban Khalykulova Tazhyban Khalykulova ... Tulpan's Mother
Zhappas Zhailaubaev Zhappas Zhailaubaev ... Boss
Esentai Tulendiev Esentai Tulendiev ... Veterinarian


On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too many lambs are stillborn. Against this backdrop, Asa, a dreamer who's slight of build and recently finished with a stint in the Russian Navy, tries to establish a life on the steppes. He, his friend Boni, and Ondas call on Tulpan, the only single girl in the area. The men talk to her parents while she listens out of sight. Her answer and Asa's later trips to talk to her form an arc of hope against the harsh land. Is this the place of Asa's dreams? What about the other lambs? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama


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Kazakh | Russian

Release Date:

9 April 2009 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gia ta matia tis Tulpan See more »

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Box Office


€2,150,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,620, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$156,331, 30 August 2009
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Technical Specs


(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kazakhstan's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »


The word, "Shepherds", is misspelled as "Shepards" in the credits of the Australian DVD. See more »


Written and performed by A/ Tuvelbek-Kyzy
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It's a realistic poetry of Kazakh steppe
29 June 2008 | by leramulinaSee all my reviews

Funny, real, reach, sad and inspiring! I was really shocked watching this movie! There are not many movies in Post-Soviet space, which can show us birth of a new creature with such a courage. The delivery scene of the film, which is a culmination of a film is a catharsis creating moment.

The dialogs and monologues are great. I watched the film in Rissian and the dialogs were the brilliant reflection of folksy mind, always practical, straight but magic at the same time. The best monologue of the former sailor, who is the leading star, opens the film.

The scenery is great. The space of a film is very informative. There are many little details that tell us about the steppe life without any words, such as steppe tractor, which is decorated with glued naked women's pictures, radio set, which the shepherd's son always keeps in his hands and many other.

And the message of the film which brings the leading star, who is impetuous and reckless at the beginning of the film, but later on he becomes wiser, is very simple and traditional. You can build castles in the air as long as you want, but to build them on the land you should make many little steps every day. And to reach a goal you should be not only persistent but adaptable and be capable to forgive your nearest and dearest.

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