Ranenyy angel 2016
1h 53min | Drama | 11 May 2016 (France)
In Kazakhstan life is hard and childhood, as we know it, is virtually non-existent. Children and adults alike do what they can to get by. Emir Baigazin’s remarkable. virtually plot less film is divided into a number of chapters, each one examining boys struggling with the pain of the everyday and a life, if a life it is, far removed from what we in the West are used to.
I don’t know if any of the ‘actors’ are professionals but the performances Baigazin draws from his mostly young cast are extraordinary. There is no music score and little dialogue, (which is just as well as the subtitles on the print I saw were poor). It is, of course, deeply depressing, as grim a picture of childhood as the cinema has given us yet filmed with a startling purity. This is only Baigazin’s second film but, if given the distribution it cries out for, it should establish him as a major player in world cinema.
Director: Emir Baigazin
Writer: Emir Baigazin
Stars: Omar Adilov, Timur Aidarbekov, Madiyar Aripbay
Country: Germany | France | Kazakhstan
Language: Kazakh | Russian
Release Date: 11 May 2016 (France)
Also Known As: The Wounded Angel