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Native Dancer (2008)

Baksy (original title)
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:

Gulshat Omarova

Writers:

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

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Cast

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

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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watch it for simple well delivered noir w/ standard morality tale as well as exotic scenery & setting
8 February 2015 | by morlock-7See all my reviews

Convincing acting despite my disregard for shamanistic practices. The female lead is the real deal in real life and doesn't care a whit for the validation of other characters or the audience, which made my suspension of disbelief early & rapid when watching the film. The detractors & naysayers among the other three current IMDb reviewers would likely dismiss any melodrama or trope from one perspective or other; they seem to have ulterior motive of positioning their perspective above, beyond or outside the basic movie and common theme of the plot. But, as a plausible noir storyline, it plays convincingly and efficiently in editing & narrative sequence. The big bonus in this movie is the long takes portraying salt of the earth Kazakhstan trying to keep it together. Watch this movie to inoculate yourself against Hollywood whiz bang.


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Country:

Kazakhstan | France | Germany | Russia

Language:

Russian | Kazakh

Release Date:

2 October 2008 (Russia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kazakhstan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,747
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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