Tulpan

  • 12
  • Sergey Dvortsevoy (2008)
  • Ger / Kaz / Pol / Rus / Swi / It (SUB)
  • 98 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Anyone enchanted by The Story of the Weeping Camel will warm to this quirkily charming tale set on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Returning from Russian naval service, Asa (Askhat Kuchinchirekov) moves into a cramped yurt with sister Samal, taciturn brother-in-law Ondas and their three unruly children. Asa wants to become a shepherd, but he needs a wife and sets off to meet the only marriageable girl in the district. Undaunted by the unseen girl's rejection (because of his big ears), Asa persuades himself he's in love and vows to win her over. Drawing on his documentary experience, director Sergey Dvortsevoy imbues this gem with the spirit of pioneering outdoor film-maker Robert Flaherty, as he unflinchingly depicts the harshness (and occasional beauty) of a nomadic life in the central Asian wilderness. But he also includes an irresistible mix of whimsical and raucous humour that leavens the bleakness of that environment.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama from director Sergey Dvortsevoy. Twenty-something Kazakh nomad Asa wants to become a shepherd, but first he must find a wife. The only viable candidate wants nothing to do with him - because his ears are too big - but he is determined to change her mind.

Cast and crew

Cast

Asa
Askhat Kuchinchirekov
Samal, Asa's sister
Samal Yeslyamova
Ondas, Samal's husband
Ondasyn Besikbasov
Boni
Tulepbergen Baisakalov
Beke
Bereke Turganbayev
Nuka
Nurzhigit Zhapabayev

Crew

Director
Sergey Dvortsevoy

Other Information

Language: 
Kazakh, Russian +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
New Wave Films
Available on DVD
Released 13 Nov 2009
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Drakes Avenue Pictures Ltd
Categories
Comedy
Drama