Tulpan (12A)

Sergei Dvortsevoy (100 mins), starring Askhat Kuchinchirekov
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A desert romance, of sorts.

A young man (Askhat Kuchencherekov) returns from naval service to the remote Kazakh steppe where his sister and her family live. The man needs to get married before he can become a shepherd, but his attempts to woo the only unattached girl for miles around fall flat. The director Sergei Dvortsevoy shoots it documentary style, to the extent that it feels more like something from National Geographic than a feature film. For some, the lamb-birthing scene will be a steppe too far.

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