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Absurdistan (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 March 2008 (Germany)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Temelko (as Maximilian Mauff)
... Aya (as Kristýna Malérová)
Nino Chkheidze ... Grandmother
Ivane Ivantbelidze ... Shooting Gallery Guy
Ani Amiridze ... Shooting Gallery Guy's Daughter
Ilko Stefanovski ... Guri - Temelko's Father
Assun Planas ... Temelko's Mother
Otto Kuhnle ... Barber
Hijran Nasirova ... Barber's Wife
Hendrik Arnst ... Landlord
Olga Nefyodova ... Landlord's Wife
Adalat Ziyadkhanov ... Policeman (as Adalet Zyadhanov)
Matanat Atakishiyeva ... Policeman's Wife
Azelarab Kaghat ... Baker
Michaela Bandi ... Baker's Wife


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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20 March 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Absurdistán  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Written by Shigeru Umebayashi
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Extremely Off-Beat, Rather Quaint, Culturally Different and In Spots, YES: ABSURD!
28 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

........ ........... ............ ............ ............ ..from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

The Title says it all: ABSURDISTAN. An International/Russian film that has its ups and downs, so to speak! And the emphasis here is really on "INTERNATIONAL"! German Director/Co-Writer: Veit Helmer; Azerbaijani Co- Writer: Zaza Buadze; Female Lead: Kristyna Malerova-No INFO on her nationality, but surname appears to be Czech; German Male Lead: Max Mauff; The rest of the cast hails from at least a dozen different European and Westeren Asian countries! This explains why so few cast members were given dialog...Most of them either don't speak Russian, or speak it with a very discernible accent!

ABSURDISTAN is a very visual experience. IMDb talks about how the 40 year old Helmer loved silent films in his university film studies. Perhaps this is why the word "Slapstick" is bantered about a lot referring to this film. Slapstick is very over-the-top. Absurdistan's style is much too "Tableauesque" (Coining term via poetic license!) to be labeled slapstick. But whatever you want to call it: It works...Most of the time.

FANTASY is another term people seem insistent upon using to explain segments of the film. I'd say there are a few mildly surreal/absurd moments, but nothing beyond that. ABSURDISTAN really doesn't remind me of any other film, except perhaps 1960's Never on Sunday. There is one brief moment of nudity. AYA, the female lead, can't sleep owing to the heat, and climbs up on the roof, removing her pajamas. Temelko spots her and chases her around for a moment, but that's it. There is a little simulated sex done with clothes-on, but aimed much more at comedy than at any type of arousal.

Oddly, I perceive ABSURDISTAN as a perfect extended family get-together flick, provided everyone is over 14 or 15! It's very easy to imagine a large Eastern-European family getting together and having an exceptionally enjoyable time watching this! If anybody tries my suggestion, let me know how it works out, please!


Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!.....KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com

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