Three Brothers


Time Out says

Dubbed the first film of perestroika, Aprymov's debut The Last Stop heralded a renaissance in Kazakh cinema. Three Brothers again deals with collisions and thresholds, between tradition and 'modernisation', wishful thinking and harsh reality, childhood and the trials of the adult world. In a faded settlment on the vast, bleakly beautiful steppe, a group of boys idle away a hazy summer in pranks, play and the throes of adolescent yearning. Fired up by the tales of an elderly station hand, of a mountain lake where local airbase officers indulge some appealing off-duty pursuits, the boys resolve to pay a visit. However, military manoeuvres seem destined to thwart them. This timeless if uneven rites of passage parable would have benefited from a greater sense of community, but it's made poignant by the spirited performances. An all-too-rare encounter with the ways and wonders of this newly independent but ancient nation and its extraordinary landscape.


Release details

78 mins

Cast and crew

Serik Aprymov
Serik Aprymov
Bahtiyour Kuatbaev
Kasym Zhakibaev
Bulat Mazhagulov
Shakir Vilyoumov