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The Gift to Stalin

The Gift to Stalin (2011)

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A child who has seen some of the best and worst of the world around him wants a great man to answer some questions in this period drama with deeply tragic overtones. In 1949, Sashka (Dalen Shintemirov) is an eight-year-old Jewish boy from Kazakhstan. Near the outset of the film he gets deported to the Kazakh steppes with his grandfather, with the old man dies, prayer book in hand - meaning that the chances of the boy being reunited with his missing parents are slim at best. En route, matters

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Immersed in the alien beauty of the Kazakh steppe, "The Gift to Stalin" moves slowly but engages thoroughly.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's worth seeing if only as an antidote to the simplistic vision of Kazakhstan presented by Sasha Baron Cohen's Borat.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Alternating between impressive and pedestrian shot-making, professional and amateurish acting, the film aims for gravitas and entertainment but only occasionally achieves either.

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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That rare small story set in a big time (not unlike Malick's Days of Heaven), poetic both in Khasanbek Kydyraliev's cinematography and in Pavel Finn's script.

March 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Charming story of finding love and humanity emerges among a motley crew not frequently seen in films about the Soviet Union under Stalin in Kazakhstan.

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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