Asa dreams of shepherding his own flock on the Kazakh steppe and seeks the companionship of Tulpan, the daughter of a neighbouring family. Tulpan, however, has dreams of her own, and Asa also discovers that he has a good deal to learn…
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Cinema without pretenses. Obviously, I don't know everything about the terrain, but it all rings true. It does not descend into sentimentalism or complete documentarism. It's the perfect mix of realism and drama. Films like this remind me why I love cinema and why cinema as art must be celebrated.
This is one of those films that just makes your heart melt. It's a brilliant piece of filmmaking and it feels like Dvortsevoy is not even trying. And it's beautiful. I feel like watching a storm from afar, unfurling through the kazakh steppe. 5/5
This is gonna be the third post from the last four that will consist the word "beautiful". Yes. Beautiful. And the second post from the last four that also has "funny" in it. Call me lazy. But it is true. Tulpan is such a beautiful film. And surprisingly funny right from the start.
What a lovely film. Life on the Kazakh steppe is austere and harsh yet so charming and poetic in its simplicity and purity. Some filmmakers tend to over-romanticize the unfamiliar -- which I find rather condescending -- but this feels almost like a documentary. There is such love within the family depicted in "Tulpan" that it fills the barren landscape with warmth and light. Some of the imagery is unforgettable.