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561 Ratings

Suleiman Mountain

Suleiman Gora

Directed by Elizaveta Stishova
Kyrgyzstan, Russia, 2017


After his long-lost son is suddenly thrust back into his life, charismatic con artist Karabas takes to the road with his two wives, swindling everyone they encounter along their path. But Uluk soon disagrees with this lifestyle, forcing Karabas to choose between fatherhood and his scheming ways.

Suleiman Mountain Directed by Elizaveta Stishova

Critics reviews

Though still confined by the larger dictates of their gender roles and class, Uluk and Zhipara’s relationship is the film’s most uplifting (and perishable) rebuttal to the systems of patriarchy that disempower women and children by denying them their capacity to love.
August 19, 2019
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It works best when it’s giving us an unvarnished look at the uneasy coexistence of the mystical, superstitious past with the venal, grasping present, and the hardscrabble lives of the modern Kyrgyz underclass, as captured in Tudor Vladimir Panduru’s understatedly gritty camerawork. It is less successful tracking the rather soap-operatic interactions between the makeshift family.
July 14, 2018
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Enlivened by offbeat humour and vibrant widescreen images reflecting the rugged beauty of this wild Central Asian nation, SULEIMAN MOUNTAIN is the first feature from Russian filmmaker Elizaveta Stishova.
July 01, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • juanwynnxiii's rating of the film Suleiman Mountain

    Out of curiosity, I decided to watch this film for the first time without subtitles to see what I could learn from the interactions and body language. And it was great! Excellent framing to convey emotions and contrast. On my second view, very interesting choice that prayers and songs didn't have subtitles; great overall and I'm glad to have been introduced to this director, debut, cast, and culture in the film!

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Suleiman Mountain

    This papa sure is a rolling stone. Karabas is a mercurial, intense anti-hero who fascinates us, though we know personalities like his are dangerous to trust. The plot never lets the audience get ahead of it; we are always off-balance about what will happen next, and the pacing is perfect. Fantastic performances and camerawork. Great tragic story of women & son at the mercy of a protector who is also their tormentor.

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film Suleiman Mountain

    Deeply empathetic, cool, fucked up, tragic, raw. It's the story of any couple young hustlers who find themselves w/ kids & complications & somehow less of a sense of what it's about than they had when they started. Except it's set in Kyrgystan, where Market Shaman is a hustle option & you can still adopt a kid into the back of a van, np. But basically universal. Brutal scene with the kid, alone, like we all are. 3.75

  • msmichel's rating of the film Suleiman Mountain

    Excellent debut feature from director Elizaveta Stishova telling the tale of a grifter with two complicit wives having to adjust to fatherhood when a child he believed lost comes back into his life. The landscapes captured in the Kyrgyz region are often breathtaking while this humanistic story is quite relatable and universal. Well worth seeking out.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Suleiman Mountain

    Difficult situation to be in where your mom and dad are not good role models. The scene with Karabas' parents was very telling. His charm didn't work on them. The kid had a moral sense, but in the end there's always a bit of compromise.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Suleiman Mountain

    3.5 Alluring mysticality is everywhere in "Suleiman Mountain", the profundity simple and full of emotion. Although Kyrgyz culture is charming, the attractively charismatic yet musculinely problematic personality of Karabas "the con-man" is advantage and disadvantage for this film. In strange atmosphere, the battle between patriarchy and matriarchy bursts, and its result is... not bad, still mildly underwhelming.

  • Yang's rating of the film Suleiman Mountain

    Through confident long takes, framing and staging, Stishova creates a rich story of love and care, distance and intimacy, with a multitude of conflicts and contrasts - of different lifestyles, of young and old wives, of traditional customs and present practices, of responsibility and independence. Moments of tension are quickly displaced by joy which is as quickly overtaken by conflict. A film with much to offer.

  • Krish sanghvi's rating of the film Suleiman Mountain

    On living a life without morals and values- but becoming a parent makes people develop a conscience. I like films which introduce me to new cultures. It was weird to see the dichotomy between technology (mobile phones) and tradition (shamanism, villages, polygyny). 3.5

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