2009 Film – Tulpan (Sergey Dvortsevoy)

The story takes place in steppe that covered by sand, instead of grass. The young fellow just arrived. He just retired from his service as a naval officer. He needs to make a living, and the only way to do it is to propose a woman to be his bride. This woman, who goes with a name of Tulpan, is hidden behind the curtain and shyly commenting on the proposal. She cannot accept him because his ears are too big. “What’s wrong with my ears?” the guy complained with no answer. The guy – who told story about his fighting giant octopus to his parent-in-law-to-be during the proposal – never understand why woman should be really care with such trivial thing.

This silly rejection almost caused the guy his life. In Kazak tradition you must be a family to be entitled to get your own tent while living without a tent in heavy sandstorm in the steppe is practically as dangerous as committed suicide. This guy, who can barely handle a sheep, is a burden to his big sister family. His bitter brother in law wants to get rid him out of the tent since he has no use at all in this sheep-herding family. In anger, this guy took his belonging and ready for greeting the big city with his horny-all-the-time-sidekick. He wanders in the desert desperately and met a pregnant sheep who is ready for delivery. Then this year’s one of the most cathartic moments in cinema is delivered by this wonderful delivery scene.

Sergey Dvortsevoy managed to show us how the domestic conflict is strangely repressed our feeling. The girl’s singing versus recitation of newscast from the boy that competing to attract the father’s attention symbolize eternal public-domestic feud, while at the same time cleverly expand the use of overlapping sound information that was developed by filmmaker like Robert Altman. This is a small film that cleverly uses many cinematic apparatus to reach a groundbreaking effect.

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