Svet-Ake (The Light Thief) (2010)

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A man who is guilty of minor corruption for benevolent reasons comes up against a man deep in major corruption for his own profit in this comedy-drama from director Aktan Arym Kubat. Svet-ake (Arym Kubat) is a good-hearted family man who works for the electric company in a small village in Kyrgyzstan. A number of folks in Svet-ake's neighborhood are seniors on a fixed income, and he helps them out by adjusting their meters on the sly to keep their bills low. Bezkat (Askat Sulaimanov) is a powerful but corrupt politician from the city who wants to make a quick windfall by selling part of Svet-ake's village to a Chinese firm; to help make this happen, Bezkat puts his political muscle to work and sees to it that his unscrupulous relative Mansur (Stanbek Toichubaev) becomes the new mayor. While Mansur is forced to bend to the will of the people when they object to the land deal, Svet-ake assumes this means Mansur isn't a crook, which makes trouble for him when he proposes switching the village over to cleaner and renewable wind power. Svet-ake (aka The Light Thief) was an official selection at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Director Kubat stars as Mr Light (the rest of the actors are mostly non-pros), giving a performance of profound warmth and humanity.

Jul 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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So, Mr. Light is only light, a simple hero in a small film that ignores the potential complexities of its characters and their decisions - it exposes the spread of corruption, but not its enveloping temptation.

Nov 19, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The genial satire of the early scenes eventually gives way to bitter tragedy in a quixotic but charming salute to an irrepressible dreamer.

Jul 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A touching, pawkily amusing example of that fairly rare genre, the satirical tragedy.

Jul 31, 2011 | Full Review…

Cinematographer Hassan Kydyraliyev has done a good job, but the film - Kubat's sixth - belongs securely to this cherishable director and actor.

Jul 29, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

Director-star Aktan Arym Kubat has come up with an illuminating parable about the clash of tradition and modernity...

Jul 28, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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