Beshkempir (The Adopted Son) (1999)



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Aktan Abdykalykov made his directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical Kirghizian-French drama set in a rural Kirghizian village where young Adyr plays in the brick mudpits, takes an interest in a girl, and attends outdoor movie showings. However, Adyr's pals reject him when it's learned that he's adopted, and more dark clouds hover over Adyr after a death in the family. Filmed in black and white with color inserts, this film played in several 1998 film fests (Locarno, Montreal, Toronto). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Beshkempir (The Adopted Son)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Aktan Abdikalikov's film recalls more than anything else some of the most compelling rock videos of the early '90s, like Deep Forest's "Sweet Lullaby" with a heavy dose of Metallica's "Unforgiven" video thrown in.

May 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

This visually elegant coming-of-age drama directed by Aktan Abdykalykov vividly conveys the rhythms of ordinary life in a rural community.

Mar 5, 2002 | Full Review…

Offers a new and distant culture that's really not so different from our own.

Feb 14, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beshkempir (The Adopted Son)

It is very rare to see a Kyrgig film and you often become lost in the exploration of such a strange and unique world. The drama is aided by the reality of the actors' existence. They are not so much acting as providing a slice of their lives.

John Ballantine
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