Luna Papa (1999)
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Director: Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Country: Germany | Japan | Tajikistan | Uzbekistan | Austria | Switzerland | France | Russia
Subtitles: English (.srt files)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1
File: Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 640x384 - 25fps - 692+692mb
The unborn child of Mamlakat (Khamatova) is telling her story. She is 17, beautiful and vivacious, and dreaming secretly of becoming an actress. She lives with her father and brother (Bleibtrau) in a small village in Central Asia. One night she is seduced by an actor from a traveling troupe, who poses as a friend of Tom Cruise, and makes her pregnant. She tries to abort, but her father and brother become determined to find the seducer, setting in motion a cascade of comic adventures.
For those used to an anglo-saxon, Hollywood tradition of narrative movie-making, Luna Papa is a refreshing eyeopener. Imagine Ionesco on the big screen. It's a road movie of sorts, where armoured personnel carriers and crazed cattle-rustling pilots harrass our motley group of heroes as they drive their fabulous Volga across the lakes and landscapes of Tadzhikistan. For lovers of cinematography, the pure unadulterated sunshine and vibrant colours of the region suffuses the film with an uplifting warmth. Match this with some of the quirkiest bizarreries you're likely to have encountered: the heroine dances in a troupe of cabaret vegetables, her suitor electrocutes himself when proposing marriage, her father and brother will stop at nothing in hunting down her suspected inseminators. All in all, a thoroughly entertaining film. I won't tell you about the scene with the bull, but it's one of those cinematic moments that will stay in your head forever.
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