Art and Cult-yurt Friday: Tulpan

A critically-acclaimed movie of 2009 included a lot of yurt scenes. Tulpan, the first fictional feature by Kazakh director Sergey Dvortsevoy, “might be described as an epic landscape film, a sweetly comic coming-of-age story or a lyrical work of social realism. But the setting — a windswept, sparely populated steppe in southern Kazakhstan — gives the movie a mood that sometimes feels closer to that of science fiction,” says A. O. Scott in his New York Times review. However, I’ll leave you with one reader’s comment:

“Tulpan left me more disoriented and happier than any film I’ve seen this year. Maybe it was the animals. No, it had to be the children. Or maybe the yurt. The steppe? Oh, it must have been the back of the sailor’s collar. A miracle!”

Well-put, Avery from NYC.

Here’s the trailer:


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