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The Gentle Indifference of the World (2018)

Laskovoe bezrazlichie mira (original title)
After her father's untimely death, Saltanat is forced to trade her idyllic countryside life for the cruel city. She has to find money to pay off the large family debt that her father left ... See full summary »

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Adilkhan Yerzhanov
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Credited cast:
Sultan Abzalov Sultan Abzalov ... Bailiff
Tulemis Alishev Tulemis Alishev ... Bailiff
Dinara Baktybaeva Dinara Baktybaeva ... Saltanat
Kulzhamilya Belzhanova Kulzhamilya Belzhanova ... Saltanat's mother
Kuandyk Dyussembaev Kuandyk Dyussembaev ... Kuandyk
Yerken Gubashev Yerken Gubashev ... Haim
Arken Ibdimin Arken Ibdimin ... Zakir
Bauyrzhan Kaptagai Bauyrzhan Kaptagai ... Zambeke
Teoman Khos Teoman Khos ... Aman
Konstantin Kozlov Konstantin Kozlov ... Lawyer
Sergey Makeyenko Sergey Makeyenko ... Police officer
Victoria Mukhamedzhanova Victoria Mukhamedzhanova ... Mistress
Nurbek Mukushev Nurbek Mukushev ... District police officer
Adiya Mussina Adiya Mussina ... Mistress
Yergali Saukhimov Yergali Saukhimov ... New friend
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After her father's untimely death, Saltanat is forced to trade her idyllic countryside life for the cruel city. She has to find money to pay off the large family debt that her father left behind, in order to save her mother from jail. Friends since their village childhood, her loyal, but penniless admirer Kuandyk follows her just to make sure his sweetheart is safe. Saltanat's uncle introduces her to a possible groom, who promises to pay off her family's debts. But Saltanat's hopes are dashed, when she discovers that the men in this city don't keep their word. When Kuandyk tries to help Saltanat get the money through other ways, he ends up finding himself in more trouble than he bargained for. Although life keeps dealing them bad hands, Saltanat and Kuandyk never give up, no matter what the odds.

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Country:

Kazakhstan | France

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Kazakh | Russian

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24 October 2018 (France) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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MAMI Review: The Gentle Indifference of the World (4 Stars)
31 October 2018 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

The little use of music and sporadic humour in Adilkhan Yerzhanov's dull drama aspiring to be energetic, The Gentle Indifference of the World, are all that I enjoyed. The tale of two countryside people moving to the city in search of hope for themselves is a cliche but director Yerzhanov carves it in a way that evokes a sense of merriment in the light of despair. One of these people is in a complicated situation more than the other, and that is the start of the conflict that The Gentle Indifference of the World probably boasts about. The colour scheme and the impressive sound mixing kept me up as I struggled to complete this slow-moving drama that is not exactly about not giving up but about losing your way in the city (filled with other people who only care about money) while trying to find yourself. It's a critique of the cityside where innocence either gets killed or gets transformed into evil. And there is not much need for you to put your head into this mess that is projected one frame at a time. TN.

(Watched and reviewed at its India premiere at the 20th MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.)


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