Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
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.
The genial satire of the early scenes eventually gives way to bitter tragedy in a quixotic but charming salute to an irrepressible dreamer.
A touching, pawkily amusing example of that fairly rare genre, the satirical tragedy.
Cinematographer Hassan Kydyraliyev has done a good job, but the film - Kubat's sixth - belongs securely to this cherishable director and actor.
Director-star Aktan Arym Kubat has come up with an illuminating parable about the clash of tradition and modernity...
The Light Thief has its moments and features a strong central performance from Aktan Arym Kubat, but it's also frustratingly patchy and suffers from an uneven tone.
Comedy? Drama? Genre-picture of provincial life? All three, really.
A film of hope, optimism and small acts of heroism. The visual backdrop is also stunning.
Despite bold imagery and topical social commentary, a slender running time leaves characters and scenes under-nourished.
The slow and unusual narrative lacks real drama but provides a compelling and beautiful depiction of village life.
Besides the specific political and historical elements, the film is a slow, quiet meditation on a very different way of life.
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