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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 stars would align in the sky, and two young lovers would come together in a cosmic embrace. Now that night is drawing near, though the women in Absurdian have grown frustrated with the men of the village. Though young inventor Temelko believes he may have come up with a creative solution to the remote hamlet's water woes, his apathetic elders respond to the proposal with ridicule and disdain. As the women of Absurdian take a pledge of abstinence in response to male inaction, young lovers Temelko and Aya begin to question whether the encounter they have spent their young lives anticipating will ultimately be foiled by events beyond their control.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy
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Cast

Nino Chkheidze
as Grandmother
Ilko Stefanovski
as Temelko's Father
Assun Planas
as Temelko's Mother
Otto Kuhnle
as The Barber
Hijran Nasirova
as The Barber's Wife
Hendrik Arnst
as The Landlord
Olga Nefjodova
as The Landlord's Wife
Adalet Zyadhanov
as The Policeman
Matanat Atakishiyeva
as The Policeman's Wife
Azelarab Kaghat
as The Baker
Michaela Bandi
as The Baker's Wife
Dace Bonate
as The Cobbler's Wife
Elhan Guliyev
as The Bus Driver
Julietta Koleva
as The Bus Driver's Wife
Ivane Ivantbelidze
as The Shooting Gallery Man
Ani Amiridze
as The Shooting Gallery Man's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Absurdistan

All Critics (22) | 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.

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
Top Critic

Despite its comedic limitations, this film is up to more than its American adolescent counterparts.

Full Review… | March 5, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Makes for a lovely hour and a half of old-fashioned storytelling.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Has a folkloric charm buoyed by consistent comic inventiveness.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Absurdistan

½

This movie is really fun despite having little to no dialogue between the characters. There's voice overs for the main two characters that ties everything together but everything else are visual gags and creative use of slapstick. I would definitely recommend this movie, it's fun and charming.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

Registering onto Rotten Tomatoes just to be able to rate this movie, I only wish that there were more films like this one (and less sequels ;-).

Cyndy Nichols
Cyndy Nichols

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
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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