Man, the director put his young actors through a lot of really embarrasing scenes. And they do them very convincingly. For the most part. Sometimes when they have to emote too much it breaks down.
I love the quiet scenes where the grandmothers are just working at some task or other, like spinning yarn or … er… chaffing the wheat… that’s probably a term…
It loses cohesion towards the middle when all the drama starts, but then gets better again towards the end. So somewhat uneven, but with some really fun bits.
The Adopted Son. Aktan Arym Kubat. 1998. Kyrgyzstan.
Hot Honey Lemon with Vodka
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 cups water
- 1 lemon, zested and sliced
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks
- Vodka to taste
Let the honey, water, lemon zest and the cinnamon sticks simmer for half an hour. Pour into a glass and add lemon slices and vodka.