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Luna Papa (2000)

Luna Papa (2000)

Luna Papa





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Tajik filmmaker Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov directs this magical realist tragicomedy about a teenaged Tatar girl who mysteriously finds herself pregnant. Told from the point of view of the gestating fetus, young Mamlakat (Chulpan Khamatova) lives with her excitable father (Ato Mukhamedshanov) and her brother (Moritz Bleibtreu of Run Lola Run (1998)), who went mad after losing a chunk of skull during a war. Mamlakat dreams of becoming an actress, but when the local itinerate theater company breezes through the village, she misses it. Instead, she finds herself rolling down a hill in the arms of one of the actors. When she awakes the next morning, she finds that she's pregnant. In order to restore their family's honor, they pack up and travel across Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan in search of the acting troupe. Luna Papa was screened at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov, Bakhtier Khudoynazarov, Irakli Kwirikadze, Bakhtier Khudoynazarov
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Polina Rajkina
as Khabibula
Dinmuhammed Achim
as Gynecologist
Azalbek Nazriyev
as Alisher Khamrayev
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I absolutely love this film. I think it's a brilliant example of magic realism.

Now for my complaints. First, narrating a film from the womb is just about as bad as narrating it from beyond the grave. It's just tacky. Second, it's anti-abortion, but since it's not an American film, I'm able to grudgingly put that aside.

Now that I have my two big complaints out the way, this is a film that shows you don't need a film with a consistent set of rules to be believable. The acting carries this film; practically anything could happen and the actors could make it watchable. The twists are compelling, even if occasionally thrown in for show. And the ending is brilliant. It reminds me of Kusterica's work.

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