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Angel on the Right
Angel on the Right
Actors: Uktamoi Miyasarova, Maruf Pulodzoda, Kova Tilavpur, Mardonkul Kulbobo, Malohat Maqsumova
Director: Jamshed Usmonov
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2005     1hr 28min

10 years after leaving Tajikistan, the Moscow-based gangster Hamro is tricked into returning to his home village, where he must confront old foes, debts, his tradition bound mother and a son that he didn?t know he had. Aft...  more »

     
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Actors: Uktamoi Miyasarova, Maruf Pulodzoda, Kova Tilavpur, Mardonkul Kulbobo, Malohat Maqsumova
Director: Jamshed Usmonov
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/21/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Subtitles: English

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A movie based on a moral fable and not a comedy, not dark!
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 07/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

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Filmed in 2002, Hamro returns to Tajikistan after serving time in a Russian prison to the poor village where he learns his mother is dying. Hamro is still a thug, hasn't changed, and the town still remembers him as owing a great amount of debt. Upon his arrival, the townsfolk scheme to collect. What Hamro learns is that he intends to inherit his dying mother's house to pay off debts, while another surprise is his son, a young boy has landed in his care. With reluctance he is forced to take responsibility for his son, whose mother died when the boy was one year.

It is Hamro's nature to be the thug he has always been and that little boy is the vehicle for some redemption. And quietly, the boy is present to the likes of his ex-prisoner father. The boy doesn't say much, it is all in his innocent little face.

Angel on the Right is the basis for an old fable where an angel is seated on one's left or right side, recording the deeds, determining if one will go to heaven or hell. Does Hamro have an angel, what side does the angel sit?

This is a movie with a moral, but I would NOT call if comedic or dark. It's simply a bittersweet film about a mother, her son, and a grandson in a poor village with cobblestone walks, hills, metal corrugated roofs with a shabby lifestyle. Be observant to the culture of Tajikistan and the people. Tajikistan is a mountainous country in Central Asia near Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Director Jamshed Usmonov other films are "Flight of the Bee" and To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die ( Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon ) ]..... Rizzo
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