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Bauyr (Little Brother)
updated: Feb 08, 2014, 5:19 PM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Bauyr (Little Brother)
Serik Aprymov 2013
97 min. | Kazakhstan
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In a small remote village in the mountains of Kazakhstan, nine-year-old Yerken is left to live on his own and to survive by his wits. He carries out his daily tasks with a sort of stoic self-discipline, waiting for his brother to return home from the city where he has been studying. When the day finally arrives and his older brother returns home, Yerken is full of joy. But he fails to see that his brother is self-centered and will offer Yerken none of the love he has been anticipating.

The film captures a post-Soviet small town life that is not familiar to most Western film goers. At moments the film seems to be set in the 1950s or '60s, but the characters that enter from the outside world are dressed as in modern day. There are scenes in the film that border on absurdist, such as one in which the principal of Yerkin's school is shown lying on a billiards table in a field. And there is much symbolism. But the little boy (who is an actual resident of the town in which the film was shot), is charming and self- contained, and barely shows signs of self-pity. It is a fairly quiet film, but I found myself pondering its meaning for some time. -SF


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