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Official Entry (Kyrgyzstan) - Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
From Kyrgyzstan comes a modest but engaging fable about an electrician who is caught up in cultural changes and more sinister machinations that threaten the future of his already-poor village.
Though The Light Thief would appear to fit neatly into the tradition of the small-town farce, its genial surface masks the darker nature of Arym Kubat’s film, which eventually reveals itself to be an allegory about Kyrgyzstan’s troubles in the face of various post-Soviet pressures and problems. So while the earthy humour gives the film plenty of charm – as does its portrayal of Kyrgyz traditions –there’s a more troubling side to this seemingly simple and eminently local story.
– Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly
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