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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

Gross USA:

$39,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,269
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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no water for the forgotten village
21 September 2015 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Veit Helmer's "Absurdistan" is a satire on the temptation to shirk one's responsibility. It's set in a village in the Caucasus ignored by all the surrounding governments. The men are so obsessed with proving their manliness that they've ignored the aging pipe that provides the village with its water. So, the women use their own power to force some change.

One trick that the movie uses is to never identify the country in which the story takes place. They speak Russian, but it could just as easily be Georgia, Armenia or Azerbaijan (or even Chechnya). The point is that this village is one of the world's forgotten places. The people rely exclusively on each other and their know-how. It's inevitable that the two young protagonists get caught up in the village's traditions and lackadaisical attitude towards a glaring problem. For all that we know, there could be places like this in the US or Canada.

I recommend the movie.


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