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In this magical realist take on post-Soviet Kazakhstan, capitalist hoods want to open a combination gas station and casino on the dusty roadside where a revered old shaman performs her healing rituals. With their cellphones, swagger, Thai boxing, and shoot-outs, the men act as if they?ve seen one pulp thriller too many, but the ancient woman, summoning visions and mountain spirits, reconnects them all to their place in the universe. Guka Omarova directed a script she wrote with Sergei Bodrov (Mongol), which weaves nonfiction elements into an eerily affecting story. In Kazakh and Russian with subtitles. 87 min.

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