To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die (15)

Djamshed Usmanov (95 mins)
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The Independent Culture

A young man from rural Tajikistan, unable to consummate his marriage, travels to the city in search of sexual experience and lands in all kinds of trouble.

What starts out as a wistful story of troubled innocence morphs into Tajik film noir when one woman's husband turns out to be a gangster with a psychopathic streak. 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.