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Time Out says
Set in the sun-blasted countryside of Kazakhstan, Guka Omarova's austere,
visually striking debut trails 15-year-old schizophrenic Mustafa (Nussuppaev) as
he haunts the fringes of an illegal bare-knuckle fighting circuit with his
mother's gangster boyfriend. Aided by Hasanbek Kydyraliyev's indelible
photography, Omarova exhibits a painterly eye for barren prairies and
incongruous architecture, as well as a documentarian's attention to mundane
detail (weathered faces, indigenous food, a boiling kettle) and the odd rhythms
of cash-hungry Kazakh life