Angel on the Right (2004)

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Hamro (Maruf Pulodzoda) is a thug--an irresponsible lowlife ex-con who seems to care for nothing but his own fleeting satisfaction. He lives in Moscow, but when he hears that his elderly mother, Halima (Uktamoi Miyasarova), is sick, he returns to his hometown of Asht in Tajikistan. He's not greeted with any joy. The townspeople remember him too well, and he owes money to too many of them. The doctor gives him the bad news. Halima will be dead in a few days. Savri (Malkqat Maqsumova), his mother's pretty nurse, tells Hamro that Halima's dying wish is that he fix up her ramshackle home, and replace her narrow door with a double door, so that her casket will fit through. As Hamro works on getting Halima's house in order, and on seducing Savri, his creditors come calling. His abandoned young son, Yatim (Kova Tilavpur), is brought to him by the family of the boy's mother, who forcefully demand that Hamro take him in. After spending a good deal of money to get the house fixed up, in anticipation of selling it after his mother dies, Hamro learns that Halima was faking her illness. As he struggles to find a way to address his many problems, Hamro surprisingly begins to take an interest in his son's well being. Director Jamshed Usmonov, who also wrote and co-directed the festival hit Flight of the Bee and starred as a filmmaker in Darezhan Omirbaev's The Road, set Angel on the Right in his own hometown, and cast his own mother (Miyasarova) and brother (Pulodzoda) in the lead roles. The film was selected for Un Certain Regard at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and the 2003 installment of New Directors/New Films. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Critic Reviews for Angel on the Right

All Critics (4)

An involving tale of semi-redemption in small town Tajikstan.

Full Review… | January 21, 2006
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Deceptively simple, funny and grim all at once - a miracle of a film that transcends its limited budget through sheer inventiveness.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
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Full Review… | August 19, 2004
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Full Review… | August 7, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Angel on the Right

a simple and naturalistic film. the comic element was unfortunately lost on me most of the time, but it did show itself once in a while. the plot progressed very slowly, and didn't really seem to go anywhere--I didn't really get what the film was trying to say. still, the entertainment value is passable and fans of obscure foreign cinema might well appreciate this minimalist Central Asian contribution.

Brian Schnell
Brian Schnell

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