Plot Synopsis

  • WARNING: Spoilers

    Polished, funny and utterly charming, Kazakhstan director Sergey Dvortsevoy's first feature film. "Tulpan", which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at the Festival de Cannes, tells of a family not only surviving but also relishing the harsh life of sheep and goat herders on a barren landscape. A bittersweet side story involves a Russian naval cadet's failed attempt to win a closeted beauty (Tulpan) because she doesn't like his flappy ears. A good Steinbeckish account of 'stan herder life in a lonely urt far out on the windy Kazak plains. The irony of a submariner courting a landlocked lass named tulip is gently applied to this charming tale.