|Genre:||Drama, Art House & International, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Sergei Dvortsevoy, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Sergay Dvortsevoy|
|Written By:||Sergei Dvortsevoy, Gennadiy Ostrovskiy, Gennadi Ostrovsky, Sergey Dvortsevoy|
|In Theaters:||Apr 1, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Sep 22, 2009|
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Critic Reviews for Tulpan
Dvortsevoy exhibits the storytelling composure and technical proficiency of a veteran, while his keen eye for a pastoral poetic flourish places 'Tulpan' firmly among the year's most endearing cinematic experiences.
A coming-of-age story that also examines the pull and push of the modern and traditional, Tulpan is a striking, unique, narrative feature debut for director-writer Sergei Dvortsevoy.
The latest import from the steppes of the former Soviet empire is Tulpan, a bittersweet slice of life with a sweet center.
If you surrender to its pace, Tulpan can be intoxicating; it's like nothing else in theaters.
All those tornadoes, mischievous kids, live sheep births and mating donkeys accidentally caught on film only make "Tulpan" more wondrous to behold.
Audience Reviews for Tulpan
Dvortsevoy blurs the line between fiction and reality as he offers us an unforgettable peek at an almost alien universe, displaying a remarkable control of his shaky camera and capturing some incredible fortuitous shots against the barren, ruthless sight of the Kazakhstan steppe.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Tulpan," Asa(Askhat Kuchinchirekov) is home from the navy and is seeking a wife, so he can get a flock of his own from his brother-in-law Ondas(Ondasyn Besikbasov) who feels that a herdsman cannot survive without a wife to take care of the domestic duties that are required, not to mention the whole business of having children and raising a family. At the same time, the sheep are having no problem getting pregnant, but are having a great deal of difficulty giving birth to live offspring which endangers the livelihood of the shepherds living on the desolate Kazakh steppe who have never seen an ocean, much less a body of water. So, when Tulpan rejects Asa as a husband, it is not because of physical appearance, it is because of what kind of husband he would make and what kind of future they would have together. Along those same lines, Asa is considering moving to the city with his pal Boni(Tulepbergen Baisakalov).[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]If only the story had been stronger and photography had been better, "Tulpan" might have been truly something. Handheld photography is meant for intimacy and works best inside, whereas here the terrain should have been one of the central points of interest. As it is, it is a fairly interesting look at a different way of life.[/font]
An interesting tale of the true Kazakstan..in other words the non Borat version. After being taken with the intriguing people of the Steppe, the film drifts slightly and is inconsistent. Attention span alert for those easily distracted..give it a skip.
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