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A stark and moving coming-of-age tale and crime thriller, Schizo gives viewers a peek into the lives of Kazakhstan's poor.
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| Fresh (28)
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An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment.
A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.
Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.
Nusuppaev simply isn't skilled enough to bring us along on Schizo's journey, and Omarova's sense of pace is uneven.
As admirable as some of the film might be, it's ultimately too sluggish and dreary to be very memorable.
An earnest also-ran.
Omarova's thoughtful offering is not so much a visual triptych of the country but a human portrait of youthful purpose in the face of fisted danger.
It takes patience to get into this movie, but it does pay off.
The exotic setting and the starkness with which the young man's story is told--along with Nusuppaev's muted charisma--help it transcend the narrative commonplaces.
This Russian-made thriller is seriously lacking energy, which is surprising considering the material.
First-time director Guka Omarova has a strong eye for telling detail and a sensitivity to Mustafa's slow awakening.
Guka Omarova's assured first feature Schizo is a noir forced out into the sunlight.
Harsh and realistically squashed by Omarova.No,Schizo is not the common peasant on a small town nor the bully against authority.It's a sweet debut despite the psychological weariness and the social comment of poverty.
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