Luna Papa Reviews

  • Sep 06, 2012

    Saw this film a while back by myself. The cinematography is just stunning, with sweeping desert landscapes, a fully recreated Tajik village, and a beautiful waterway. The music is perfect for the film, and the humour is both understated and very appropriate. But the best part of this film is, by far, the acting. This film boasts an excellent international cast. Khamatova is the lead character Mamlakat is both vibrant and innocent. Mukhamedzhanov as Safar, is perfect in the role of the loving, devoted father who will do anything for his children. And finally, Bleibtreu as Nasreddin steals any scene he's in. The performance he gives is simply brilliant, with a touch of slapstick, a an excellent display of physical control since his character is a man suffering from brain damage as a result of being a soldier wounded in battle. His character manages to be a host of paradoxes...sweet, yet strong, only able to say a few words yet more wise than those who are fully capable, childlike, yet manly. I cannot say enough about this character or Bleibtreu's performance with him. I would fully recommend this film to anyone who likes a good story, who wants something a bit different from the same old Hollywood fluff, and for anyone who wishes to see excellent actors giving excellent performances. For anyone who's curious, this viewer is firm...watch this film. You won't be disappointed.

    Saw this film a while back by myself. The cinematography is just stunning, with sweeping desert landscapes, a fully recreated Tajik village, and a beautiful waterway. The music is perfect for the film, and the humour is both understated and very appropriate. But the best part of this film is, by far, the acting. This film boasts an excellent international cast. Khamatova is the lead character Mamlakat is both vibrant and innocent. Mukhamedzhanov as Safar, is perfect in the role of the loving, devoted father who will do anything for his children. And finally, Bleibtreu as Nasreddin steals any scene he's in. The performance he gives is simply brilliant, with a touch of slapstick, a an excellent display of physical control since his character is a man suffering from brain damage as a result of being a soldier wounded in battle. His character manages to be a host of paradoxes...sweet, yet strong, only able to say a few words yet more wise than those who are fully capable, childlike, yet manly. I cannot say enough about this character or Bleibtreu's performance with him. I would fully recommend this film to anyone who likes a good story, who wants something a bit different from the same old Hollywood fluff, and for anyone who wishes to see excellent actors giving excellent performances. For anyone who's curious, this viewer is firm...watch this film. You won't be disappointed.

  • Apr 01, 2011

    beautiful! lovely movie!

    beautiful! lovely movie!

  • Mar 07, 2011

    A delicate cinematography with a bit of humour and fantasy.

    A delicate cinematography with a bit of humour and fantasy.

  • Dec 07, 2010

    such a special beautiful movie!!

    such a special beautiful movie!!

  • Nov 30, 2010

    Luna Papa tells the sotry of a teenage girl named Mamlakat (Khamatova) who loves theater. One night, missing the latest performance of the theater company, she ends up in the bushes under the moonlight with a mystery man. When she finally realizes she's pregnant and tells her father, they alongside her mentally-disabled brother go on to look for the father. What would actually be a very dramatic situation, ends up being kind of a magical and very charming story - with voice-overs from the unborn baby -with some high tension moments, but with loads of humor. If information on line is correct, Chulpan Khamatova is 20-something while shooting this movie, but she actually looks like a teen. Amazing. Watch out from falling cows.

    Luna Papa tells the sotry of a teenage girl named Mamlakat (Khamatova) who loves theater. One night, missing the latest performance of the theater company, she ends up in the bushes under the moonlight with a mystery man. When she finally realizes she's pregnant and tells her father, they alongside her mentally-disabled brother go on to look for the father. What would actually be a very dramatic situation, ends up being kind of a magical and very charming story - with voice-overs from the unborn baby -with some high tension moments, but with loads of humor. If information on line is correct, Chulpan Khamatova is 20-something while shooting this movie, but she actually looks like a teen. Amazing. Watch out from falling cows.

  • Mar 14, 2010

    well, go ahead and peg me a square head but the only thing that really appealed to me was the Tadzjikistan scenery =/ - guess my filter is way to sensitive when it comes to all this burlesque, slapstick & "fantastical realism", but I appreciate the scenography & editing ... for interview with the director as well as lyrical reveiw in german: http://www.kinofenster.de/filmeundthemen/archivmonatsausgaben/kf0007/ich_trage_viele_kulturen_in_mir/

    well, go ahead and peg me a square head but the only thing that really appealed to me was the Tadzjikistan scenery =/ - guess my filter is way to sensitive when it comes to all this burlesque, slapstick & "fantastical realism", but I appreciate the scenography & editing ... for interview with the director as well as lyrical reveiw in german: http://www.kinofenster.de/filmeundthemen/archivmonatsausgaben/kf0007/ich_trage_viele_kulturen_in_mir/

  • May 15, 2009

    This is one of my favorite movies. It has charme, humour, drama and great ideas. The screenplay is very memorable and Bleibtreu and Khamatova did a good job as main actors. Khamatova especially because of her "glow", Bleibtreu because of his acting ;) All together it is a dreamy masterpiece. A must watch for everyone that likes unconventional movies.

    This is one of my favorite movies. It has charme, humour, drama and great ideas. The screenplay is very memorable and Bleibtreu and Khamatova did a good job as main actors. Khamatova especially because of her "glow", Bleibtreu because of his acting ;) All together it is a dreamy masterpiece. A must watch for everyone that likes unconventional movies.

  • Jan 25, 2009

    KUSTURICA'S COPYCAT!!! WATCH BETTER TIME OF THE GIPSIES

    KUSTURICA'S COPYCAT!!! WATCH BETTER TIME OF THE GIPSIES

  • Dec 08, 2008

    Foi preciso esperar oito anos pelo lançamento em DVD do melhor filme que vi nesses anos. Finalmente, Luna Papa foi lançado no Brasil, pela Lume Filmes. E já estou aqui com meu exemplar (não pirateado) para uma sessãozinha privé com os melhores amigos. Mesmo sem ter a menor idéia de onde ficava o Tadjiquistão, nenhum outro filme me deixou uma impressão tão forte quanto Luna Papa, desde quando o vi, no ano de 2000, em Compiègne, na França. Luna Papa é uma grande sacada, um filme mágico porque é um filme de arte que foge do padrão hermético dos famosos filmes de arte. É um filme surrealista que tem narrativa, tem um enredo linear que prende e surpreende o expectador, até o último momento. Luna Papa é para aqueles cinéfilos que valorizam os filmes produzidos fora da estrelada Hollywood, e não entram nos grandes circuitos comerciais. Embora seja um filme asiático, não é a Ásia típica que nos mostra. Luna Papa descortina uma diversidade asiática singular com traços russos e islâmicos. Um mosaico multicultural remanescente do decadente império soviético, que Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov tão bem desenhou com apoio da Alemanha, do Japão, do Uzbekistão, da Austria, da Suissa, da França, e da Russia - nada mais intercultural.

    Foi preciso esperar oito anos pelo lançamento em DVD do melhor filme que vi nesses anos. Finalmente, Luna Papa foi lançado no Brasil, pela Lume Filmes. E já estou aqui com meu exemplar (não pirateado) para uma sessãozinha privé com os melhores amigos. Mesmo sem ter a menor idéia de onde ficava o Tadjiquistão, nenhum outro filme me deixou uma impressão tão forte quanto Luna Papa, desde quando o vi, no ano de 2000, em Compiègne, na França. Luna Papa é uma grande sacada, um filme mágico porque é um filme de arte que foge do padrão hermético dos famosos filmes de arte. É um filme surrealista que tem narrativa, tem um enredo linear que prende e surpreende o expectador, até o último momento. Luna Papa é para aqueles cinéfilos que valorizam os filmes produzidos fora da estrelada Hollywood, e não entram nos grandes circuitos comerciais. Embora seja um filme asiático, não é a Ásia típica que nos mostra. Luna Papa descortina uma diversidade asiática singular com traços russos e islâmicos. Um mosaico multicultural remanescente do decadente império soviético, que Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov tão bem desenhou com apoio da Alemanha, do Japão, do Uzbekistão, da Austria, da Suissa, da França, e da Russia - nada mais intercultural.

  • Nov 11, 2008

    Very offbeat comedy set in Tajikistan. Cinematography is excellent, and the shots of a seldom-seen Central Asian countryside. This ain't Hollywood, Popo...

    Very offbeat comedy set in Tajikistan. Cinematography is excellent, and the shots of a seldom-seen Central Asian countryside. This ain't Hollywood, Popo...