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A recently married Uzbek man inherits the two young wives of his dead brother; all four learn to live in harmony until the October Revolution brings new rulers and ideas to central Asia, precipitating the husband's reluctant rise through the local communist ranks. Simple in design and gentle in tone, Yusup Razikov's 1999 feature lacks the bite of real satire, treating the contradictions between communism and Islam as a subject of wry humor. But for a few flourishes—some overhead and tracking shots—the film looks naive enough to have been shot in 30s Russia. In Uzbek with subtitles. 83 min.

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