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.