Absurdistan (2008)

Absurdistan (2008)




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Veit Helmer, Ahmet Servet Golbol, Zaza Buadze, Gordan Mihic
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 18, 2009
First Run Features - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Absurdistan

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

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

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

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

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

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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