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impressive but difficult to love
on 24 August 2012
I bought Tulpan on the strength of critical appreciation and was left, well, fairly impressed and more than a little disappointed.
The majesty of the steppes, the bleakness and beauty, are wonderfully captured and the acting is as realistic as you'd expect from a director with a grounding in documentary style filmmaking, but, let's face it, not much happens.
If you feel that you'd enjoy spending time on the Kazakh steppe, surrounded by unruly camels, starving sheep, featureless landscape, horny donkeys and rusting Soviet farm machinery, then this is the film for you. For everyone else it will prove to be an enlightening trip into the unknown, but not much more - a diversion, rather than a great night of entertainment.
Hilarious? No. Worthy? Yes. Tedious? Maybe just a little. Different? Absolutely.
Enjoy, if slow paced escapism is your bag, perhaps steer clear if not...