Beshkempir: The Adopted Son
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There's a natural poetry here. The pace is slow, quite slow, but not tiresome. It's shorter than the typical American feature movie, and so the pace doesn't hurt the movie.
It is in black and white, although with occasional and startling bursts of color. Hey, they don't make pictures like this here in America!
The plot is weak, but it is surprising not central to the movie. The film progresses with little dialogue, moving viewers through the days and weeks of typical village life. Most of the movie is in black and white, with occasional vibrant bursts of color. The relations between individuals, the land and animals are wonderfully conveyed, as is the typical life and cultural practices of Kyrgyz villagers. The movie is surprisingly frank, portraying issues such as early sexual exploration and spousal abuse with honesty.
Highly recommended for those planning to visit the area or interested in post-Soviet Central Asian culture.
Yes, we've seen it a thousand times. What distinguishes a talented director from a hack is the fresh way he finds of enlivening stock material. Aktan Abdykalyakov is luckier than most, in that his country has never been represented on screen, so this strange new world has an inherent, novel fascination of its own. Abdykalyakov never allows the necessities of plot overwhelm his evocation of place, a rural village barely touched by modernisation. Clothing, bicycles, cinema are among the few reminders of the 20th century, as we watch formal ceremonies celebrating birth and death, concentrate on people silently working, beating carpets, creating mud bricks, breaking in horses, gutting fish.Read more ›
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A Beautiful film with naturalistically slow narrative and what an interesting culture the story is in the context of. I recommendPublished on October 10, 2011 by Hiroshi Sunairi
I was struck, as I watched this film, by the thought that "boys will be boys". It offers a window into a culture that is totally different from my midwest childhood, yet I... Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Bry B
Sweet coming of age story set in rural Kyrgyzstan. An adopted boy struggles to fit in,
and find his place in his society. Read more