Counteracting the damage wrought to the national image by Borat, here’s a smart, completely engaging film from Kazakhstan that brings humour and the civilising values of a rich traditional culture to its fable-like tale of neighbouring couples.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2009
Counteracting the damage wrought to the national image by Borat, here’s a smart, appealing film from Kazakhstan that brings humour and the civilizing values of a rich traditional culture to its fable-like tale. Two couples, one Russian and one Kazakhstani, were neighbours in a beautiful region adjoining the arid grasslands of the Great Steppe. Miles from anyone else the couples lived in intimate proximity, sharing one another’s joys and woes. Then the fair-skinned Russians gave birth to a boy with a decidedly Kazakh complexion… Fifteen years later it may be time for reconciliation. — BG
“Engaging sensitive and oft-divisive material such as national insecurity about race, the tenuous link between blood-lines and religion, and the role of women in a male-dominated society, the film manages a light touch that adroitly balances a painful history… with a generous dose of universally affecting humor.” — Ilya Tovbis, indieWIRE