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40-ci qapi (2009)

Fourteen-year-old Rustam lives with his mother in a village; his father was killed by the Russian mafia. After his father's death, Rustam tries to provide for himself and his mother without... See full summary »

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Elchin Musaoglu

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Elchin Musaoglu (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Hasan Safarov Hasan Safarov ... Rüstam
Gyuliar Nabiyeva Gyuliar Nabiyeva ... Leyla
Rovshan Agayev Rovshan Agayev ... Edik
Elmira Shabanova Elmira Shabanova ... Aunt Fatma
Rafiq Azimov Rafiq Azimov ... Uncle Sabir
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Fourteen-year-old Rustam lives with his mother in a village; his father was killed by the Russian mafia. After his father's death, Rustam tries to provide for himself and his mother without resorting to illegal money-making schemes. But his dream is to join a music band. The title of the film refers to an Azerbaijani fairy tale about saving a princess from a house with 40 doors; no one has succeeded in opening the last door, and thus its secret remains hidden. The villagers have named their village the 40th door as well. Written by Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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Country:

Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijani

Release Date:

19 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

40-я Дверь See more »

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Ritm Productions See more »
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A Kid Comes of Age in Azerbaijan
23 March 2010 | by Thistle-3See all my reviews

Yesterday, I spent time in a place I will never go, I suspect, Azerbaijan. The language is beautiful. But, life is hard, in some areas. The 40th Door is the nickname of a small village, just outside the capital of Baku. A boy named Rustam lives there with his mother. He calls every elder in the village "Uncle" or "Aunt," but I suspect that is just their way. I don't think they're all really related. Rustam is a beautiful boy, smart and a help to his mother. He's at that tough age of 14, when he wants at times to be a child but is forced to be a man. His father is killed. And, while his mother wants him to continue going to school, he endeavors to find work to make money, so they won't have to sell off the only prized possession they have, an ancient rug that belonged to his father. He seeks the help of a charismatic character who takes him to Baku and gives him a glimpse into a life of crime, but Rustam tries to hold on to his ideals. He tries to work the streets honestly, sees some of the finer things he'd like in life, but gangs who control the streets don't like his independence. I was really interested in the story, the acting was quite good, but there seemed to be a real lack of focus in the direction. Did Elchin Musaoglu want to show us Rustam's tough times with a realism? Or did he want to draw on the fairy tale origins of the term, The 40th Door? So many potentially interesting side stories were introduced and then just dropped: the drum, the hatmaker, the uncle. I was frustrated when it ended. I give The 40th Door a 7 out of 10.


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