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A striking first feature (1998) from Kyrgyzstan—in fact, the first independent feature ever made in that country—about everyday life in a rural village, including the pastimes of little boys. The young hero discovers that he's adopted, following a local tradition of large families giving babies to childless couples. The beautiful cinematography is mainly in black and white, but every shift to color feels like a small miracle, and filmmaker Aktan Abdikalikov is equally adept at building his nuanced sound track piece by piece.

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