6.9/10
189
4 user 3 critic

Baksy (2008)

Aidai the baksy, or witch doctor, lives in the mountains and helps people. She uses mysterious actions to cure the sick and to give infertile couples children. As capitalist forces begin to... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(as Sergey Bodrov),
Reviews
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sergey Bodrov, Susanna Mekhraliyeva
Syostry (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two young girls, Sveta and Dina, go on the run to avoid being kidnapped by the former associates of Dina's recently released gangster father.

Director: Sergey Bodrov
Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Katya Gorina, Roman Ageev
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

We all live on the same planet, under one sun which nurtures and renews our unique and common hopes for the future. No matter how much we differ from each other in color, ethnicity and ... See full summary »

Directors: Ali Asgari, Sergei Bodrov, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Ercan Özcelik, Peter Linka, Anna Herczenik
The Quickie (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A crime soap opera about a Russian mobster retiring from "the business" on New Year's Eve, only to discover he has been targeted for death by a rival mobster.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brenda Bakke
La fidélité (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A talented photographer who lands a lucrative job in Paris with a scandal-mongering tabloid and becomes romantically involved with an eccentric children's book publisher while resisting the sexual advances of another photographer.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Sophie Marceau, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Canet
Drama | Horror | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Malgorzata Braunek, Leszek Teleszynski, Jan Nowicki
Doch yakudzy (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Directors: Sergei Bodrov, Gulshat Omarova
Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Hirofumi Arai, Sergey Garmash
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An unexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Possessed'. The film director, a Czech immigrant in Paris, takes over her life, and in a short... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Francis Huster, Valérie Kaprisky, Lambert Wilson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Young Sasha is brought into a state-run children's home because his mother died early and his father spends most of his life in prison. The conditions are like in a penal institution. Sasha... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Aleksandr Bureyev, Svetlana Gaytan
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun
Schizo (2004)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Shiza is the nickname of a 15-year-old boy. Money, power, and women - he has none of these, yet, in his young life. But, he does have the illegal, underground circuit of bare-knuckle ... See full summary »

Director: Gulshat Omarova
Stars: Oldzhas Nusupbayev, Olga Landina, Eduard Tabishev
Brat 2 (2000)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Here goes "kirdyk" to America, as it was promised in first part.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergey Makovetskiy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Neisipkul Omarbekova ... Aidai
Farkhad Amankulov ... Batir
Almat Ayanov ... Asan
Tolepbergen Baisakalov
Asel Abutova
Nurlan Alimzhanov ... Arman
Toktar Beksenov
Sayat Merekenov
Oldzhas Nusupbayev
Edit

Storyline

Aidai the baksy, or witch doctor, lives in the mountains and helps people. She uses mysterious actions to cure the sick and to give infertile couples children. As capitalist forces begin to encroach on tradition, the first casualty is any culture's most fundamental inheritance - land. The healer has to leave her land because the mob thinks the location is suitable for a filling station. A harsh battle between supernatural good and earthly evil ensues. Native Dancer evokes the mysticism of fantasy and the thrills of a gangster film. Featuring Neisipkul Omarbekova, a real-life Kazakh witch doctor, in the title role. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

f rated | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 October 2008 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Native Dancer  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Despite the superb beginning, the final product turned out to be a mediocre crime drama with elements of an ethnic psychological film.

The first thirty minutes of footage make you believe that the post-Soviet Kazakhstan cinema has finally produced a masterpiece. It seemingly got it all: A charismatic, out-of this world character, a shaman woman, for some reason referred to as a "native dancer" in the English version title; wonderful insights into the dark and unknown side of Kazakhs' lives; the charm and wisdom of a good ethnic movie reminiscent of both "Atanarjuat" and the "Ballad of Narayama"; and most of all, uncompromising artistic honesty that doesn't care about dollar aspects of post-production. Hallelujah! Then everything went wrong. All of a sudden the film evolved - or should I say, degraded - into a banal, standard and unappealing crime drama, a rather primitive tribute to the theme of the "roaring 90s" with their proverbial black-leather-jacket gangsters, kidnappings, shootings etc. A totally unjustified shift from beautiful to ugly. Years ago, the director, Guka Omarova, had written a script for "Sisters" (Syostry), the only movie directed by the untimely departed Segrei Bodrov, Jr. While Bodrov was clearly a fantastic, cult actor, he failed as a director. Unfortunately Bodrov-director's legacy won Omarova's heart. There's no connection between the "native dancer" beginning of the film and its "native criminals" part. The movie's criminal line is unpersuasive, full of bugs, oversights, and contradictions that are not even worth being mentioned here. At the very end Omarova recalled that the shaman woman was supposed to be the main character and brought her back to the screen, but this return was way too artificial.

I watched a TV discussion of the film, hosted by Alexander Gordon in his "Zakrytyi pokaz" Show. There Omarova, a nice looking woman with very likable personality (sorry, it really hurts to utter all this criticism) claimed that the movie was good for two reasons: (i) it accurately depicted life and personality of a real person, the shaman; and (2) it was exclusively intended for Kazakhstan audience and as such was cheered by local movie-goers. Hardly persuasive arguments! "Native Dancer" is not a documentary, so accuracy of depiction is no virtue here. As to the target audience, I'm glad the film enjoyed a success, but with all due respect, Kazakhstan is not a fashion maker in the world of cinema. If the audience is confined to one country, so be it, but don't bother with international distribution, which producers pursued so vigorously.

Anyway the beginning of the movie was so powerful that it justified the overall grade of 5. Despite the shortcomings of the rest of the film, it proved that Omarova is a talented artist. Hopefully one day she'll say goodbye to her passion for black-leather-jacket guys and create a masterpiece.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial