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
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Aktan Arym Kubat
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Critic Reviews for Svet-Ake (The Light Thief)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 31, 2011
Daily Express (UK)

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

Full Review… | July 31, 2011
Observer (UK)

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

July 28, 2011
London Evening Standard

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

Full Review… | July 28, 2011

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