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Absurdistan (2008)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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As the date on which Aya's grandmother predicted that the pretty young girl and her childhood sweetheart would consummate their relationship draws near, the frustrated couple finds their perfect moment threatened by a battle of the sexes that sweeps through their once-thriving village. There was a time when the village of Absurdian was considered a paradise, yet lately it looks like a dried-up wasteland due to a troubling shortage of water. Years ago, Aya's grandmother foresaw a night when the


Art House & International, Comedy

Zaza Buadze, Veit Helmer

Aug 18, 2009

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Absurdistan has more than a little bit of magic at its heart; it's a tale of love and perseverance, gently winking at its happy viewers.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Writer-director Veit Helmer creates a wildly imaginative world worthy of Gabriel Garca Mrquez at his most playful, drenching it in vivid color and a Slavic sense of bleak humor.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Despite its comedic limitations, this film is up to more than its American adolescent counterparts.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Makes for a lovely hour and a half of old-fashioned storytelling.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Has a folkloric charm buoyed by consistent comic inventiveness.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Absurdistan doesn't have a ton of high-voltage laughs, but it's a nonstop charm machine.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The trip to Absurdistan is worth taking, detours and all.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A simplistic, straightforward tale that's beautifully staged with the same wave of the magical-realism wand that powers Jeunet & Caro's Delicatessen.

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine

A funny and bawdy fable that playfully deals with community, a battle between the sexes, the preciousness of water, and the joy of young love.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A lighthearted charmer, one of the most spirited and enjoyable comedies to hit ... theaters so far this year.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

The film isn't much more than light slapstick bookended by a sweet if lust-driven romance.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

'Borat' meets 'Lysistrata' in a delightful, surreal tale filmed in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Sometimes the village looks like an antique postcard come to life, at other times like outtakes from a lost Marx Brothers film or an overly precious PBS documentary.

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

Absurdistan lives up to its name with its virtual nonstop drollery. And in Malerova the film has a most appealing leading lady.

March 13, 2009
Kansas City Star

Refreshingly offbeat, delightfully funny and irresistibly entertaining without a dull moment.

March 7, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

As in "Tuvalu," Veit's style is reminiscent of both France's Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Delicattessen") with their whimsical machinery and surreal worlds and Canada's Guy Maddin's use of silent film standards...

February 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Absurdistan moves with confidence and grace with a genuine romantic and erotic drive.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Full of whimsy but almost devoid of charm.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Absurdistan

A young couple's about-to-be-consummated love is threatened when the women of their village organize a sex strike against the lazy townsmen who will not fix the pipe that brings water to the hamlet. Set in an exotic, timeless locale and so spare with it's dialogue that it's almost like a silent movie; it's a lusty romantic comedy that manages to feel completely original without sacrificing the romance and sentimentality fans of the genre expect.
December 11, 2009
Greg S

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A delightful absurdist fantasy of a young couple and their desire to come together while the stars auger well for their relationship. Somewhat of a Russian folk tale of how the women force the men of their village to repair the village water supply. Do not look for logic here. It is sorely lacking. But there is a bit of fun and the young woman, Aya (Kristyna Malerova) is an especially nice bit of eye candy. The landscape is stark and harsh, and the villagers barely eke out a living in a place that is left unclaimed by any country. Yet even here, passions can get inflamed and young love flourishes. Three stars and worth the view, if only for an introduction to another culture.
September 25, 2009
Mark Abell

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