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Beshkempir is an exquisitely composed and photographed child-to-man tale of a Kyrgyz villager. Beshkempir is just like any other kid - playing in mud, getting into trouble, experiencing the first pangs of sexuality - until a fight with his best friend leads to the revelation that he was adopted. What sounds like a clichi takes on striking resonance here in a mostly pre-industrial society where the daily rituals are so earth-based that Beshkempir's request for money to see a movie comes across as an anachronism. Shot in gorgeous black and white, the film explodes into occasional bursts of color. Beshkempir, The Adopted Son is a rare poetic treat.
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