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.
I enjoyed this film becuase it allows you a bit of time to get to know this group of friends, to see the interplay of personalities, before the conflict which culminates in the revealing of the truth mentioned in the title. Be warned this is not a fast moving film, but if you enjoy an armchair view of another culture, you might want to try it.
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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
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
Not sure where Kyrgyztan is located, or what language this is, but the people have a mixture of Russian/Chinese look. The 1998 film draws heavily on the culture. Read morePublished on February 9, 2006 by (=^_^=) Broncos Fan