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To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon) (2006)

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A young man gets the jolt of masculinity he's been looking for in a dangerous and unexpected way in this dark comedy-drama from Tajikistan. Kamal (Khurched Golibekov) is a nineteen-year-old who has been married to a beautiful girl his age for three months. However, Kamal has been unable to consummate his marriage, and no one seems to know what to do to help; his doctor can find nothing wrong with him, folk remedies prove useless, and a prostitute recommended by his cousin is unable to cure his impotence. Hoping to find a woman who can cure him, Kamal travels to the city and meets Vera (Dinara Droukarova), a lonely girl who brings him home. Vera doesn't warn Kamal that she's married, and when her husband (Maruf Pulodzoda) arrives home earlier than expected, he isn't at all happy to see her with Kamal. The husband turns out to be a gangster, and decides to punish the innocent by taking him out for a night of robbery, killing and sexual assault. While Kamal is initially terrified by his introduction to serious crime, by the end of the night the danger and violence brings out a strange reaction in him, and he finds he can perform sexually for the first time in his life. Bihist Faqat Baroi Mardagon (aka To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die) received its North American premier at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon)

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This finely directed but tough Tajik tale is part love story, part social critique.

November 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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.

May 25, 2006 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

November 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

November 28, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Times (UK)

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.

November 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A jolting journey towards a swaggering notion of manhood, directed with assured expertise by Jamshed Usmonov.

November 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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