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Pustoy dom (2012)

Kyrgyzstan. Ascel is engaged to Sultan, the local Mr Big with the grandest house. This looks like a palace to Ascel, who lives in a hovel with her drunkard father. She doesn't love Sultan, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Maral Koichukaraeva Maral Koichukaraeva ... Ascel
Cecile Plage Cecile Plage ... Virginie
Atai Omurbekov Atai Omurbekov ... Marat
Asan Amanov Asan Amanov ... Tynchtyk
Bolot Tentimyshov Bolot Tentimyshov ... Sultan
Denis Sukhanov Denis Sukhanov ... Arkady
Kseniya Lavrova-Glinka Kseniya Lavrova-Glinka ... Masha
Françoise Michaud ... Virginie's mother
Maksim Glotov ... Igor
Roman Nesterenko Roman Nesterenko ... Victor
Michele Levieux Michele Levieux ... Midwife


Kyrgyzstan. Ascel is engaged to Sultan, the local Mr Big with the grandest house. This looks like a palace to Ascel, who lives in a hovel with her drunkard father. She doesn't love Sultan, but she wants a better life. She is having an affair with Marat and expecting his child. She marries Sultan but immediately leaves for Moscow for an abortion, and starts living with gastarbeiters. She sells her unborn child to Virginie, a French woman. She becomes housemaid to (and then lover of) a rich New Russian, Arkady. Marat appears, starts a fight with Arkady and gets arrested. Ascel decides to go to France and stay with Virginie. But she discovers that the latter has a mental disease. Then the baby arrives... Written by neil.mccartney@mccartneymedia.co.uk

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Kyrgyzstan | Russia | France | UK


Kirghiz | Russian | French

Release Date:

7 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пустой дом See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyrgyzstan See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The official submission of Kyrgyzstan to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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Pathos and farce
15 May 2013 | by Adriana-timcoSee all my reviews

The film inhabits the realm of tragicomedy, for violence and suffering are coupled with absurdity and dark humour. Yet it is precisely this ambivalence between light and dark that makes the story so engaging. The suspense is there to keep us wary of what might happen next and the characters are both laughable and endearing enough to make us engaged in their life. The cinematography is also incredibly beautiful; the vividness and contrast of colours make even the bleak, empty countryside, or the squalor of poverty beautiful on screen. Overall, the Empty Home has enough pathos, poignancy and sad absurdity to make it an interesting film.

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