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This finely directed but tough Tajik tale is part love story, part social critique.
Killing makes a man a man in the puzzling To Get to Heaven You Have to Die, an artfully lensed but psychologically unpersuasive initiation tale from Tajikistan.
Atmospheric in its early stages but a little too reticent towards the end, this is nevertheless a bleakly intriguing drama about the darker reaches of the male psyche.
Despite the crime-filled third act it has the motor of a US teen sex comedy and could easily be repackaged and called Kamal's Gotta Have It! God knows it couldn't be any worse.
The look and feel of the movie is involving, especially the cool, controlled way Usmonov allows the story to develop without forcing the pace. Unfortunately, the ending is unconvincing in human terms.
A jolting journey towards a swaggering notion of manhood, directed with assured expertise by Jamshed Usmonov.
Throw in the inscrutable performances, the peculiar switch in tone and that head-scratcher of a title, and you'd be better off using the hour to tell someone about your childhood.
The plot's twists and turns are less to the point, or less to be prized, than the whey-faced humour, the solid humanity, the feel for the epiphanic in the everyday.
It feels like a Central Asian remake of some American indie thriller, except that few American films would be prepared to take things so slowly, or with so few words.
Director Djamshed Usmonov frames his story beautifully.
Engaging, quirky and often darkly funny drama with a great performance from first-time actor Khurched Golibekov.
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