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Absurdistan (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 March 2008 (Germany)
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An allegorical comedy centered on two childhood sweethearts who seem destined for one another until the women of their isolated village, angered by male indifference toward the water ... See full summary »

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Veit Helmer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Mauff ... Temelko (as Maximilian Mauff)
Kristýna Podzimková ... Aya (as Kristýna Malérová)
Nino Chkheidze Nino Chkheidze ... Grandmother
Ivane Ivantbelidze Ivane Ivantbelidze ... Shooting Gallery Guy
Ani Amiridze Ani Amiridze ... Shooting Gallery Guy's Daughter
Ilko Stefanovski Ilko Stefanovski ... Guri - Temelko's Father
Assun Planas Assun Planas ... Temelko's Mother
Otto Kuhnle Otto Kuhnle ... Barber
Hijran Nasirova Hijran Nasirova ... Barber's Wife
Hendrik Arnst Hendrik Arnst ... Landlord
Olga Nefyodova Olga Nefyodova ... Landlord's Wife
Adalat Ziyadkhanov Adalat Ziyadkhanov ... Policeman (as Adalet Zyadhanov)
Matanat Atakishiyeva Matanat Atakishiyeva ... Policeman's Wife
Azelarab Kaghat Azelarab Kaghat ... Baker
Michaela Bandi Michaela Bandi ... Baker's Wife
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An allegorical comedy centered on two childhood sweethearts who seem destined for one another until the women of their isolated village, angered by male indifference toward the water shortage, go on a sex strike that threatens the young couple's first night of love. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Comedy

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Country:

Germany

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

20 March 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Absurdistán See more »

Filming Locations:

Azerbaijan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,441, 8 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,078, 12 June 2009
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Strike
Written by Shigeru Umebayashi
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Benny Hill Goes to Absurdistan
8 May 2015 | by roedygSee all my reviews

The characters in this film are hideous, dirty, obese, malodorous and unkempt. The hero is a handsome gangly teenage boy. He is in love with a pretty, tomboyish but cruel young lady. The elders behave like characters in a Benny Hill movie. They pantomime extreme sexual attraction to each other, and spend a lot of time in non-consensual sex. The village breaks out into Lysistrata like war between the sexes over the male refusal to repair the water supply. They shoot each other. They lay vicious traps of various kinds for each other. Everyone sleeps with rifles and sets them off by accident repeatedly. I did not find this amusing. These people were psychopaths. At the end, boy gets girl, though I was not too happy about this. She had repeatedly abused him so badly, I hoped for a new love for him.


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