The Light Thief

The Light Thief

In a remote region in the south of the Kyrgyz Republic, a popular, open-hearted electrician known as Mister Light is kind to the old folks, rescues young boys from trees, listens to the woes of lonely drunkards and tampers with meters so that the impoverished rural community who can't afford electricity have access to it. This sort of activity does not make him popular with the authorities 3.3 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
The Light Thief

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Certificate
Genre Drama, Comedy
Director Aktan Arym Kubat
Cast Taalaikan Abazova, Askat Sulaimanov, Asan Amanov Aktan Arym Kubat
Studio Asap Films
Release Date July 2011
Running Time 80 mins
 

In a remote region in the south of the Kyrgyz Republic, a popular, open-hearted electrician known as Mister Light is kind to the old folks, rescues young boys from trees, listens to the woes of lonely drunkards and tampers with meters so that the impoverished rural community who can't afford electricity have access to it. This sort of activity does not make him popular with the authorities

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Simon Crook

The slow and unusual narrative lacks real drama but provides a compelling and beautiful depiction of village life.

01/07/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Films from cinematic outposts such as Kyrgyzstan tend to be praised just because they appear at all and are full of nicely gnarled peasant faces, but Aktan Arym Kubat's The Light Thief is too good for such patronising behaviour … Cinematographer Hassan Kydyraliyev has done a good job, but the film — Kubat's sixth — belongs securely to this cherishable director and actor.

29/07/2011

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The Guardian

Andrew Pulver

Engaging … Kubat is a relaxed screen presence, and his film meanders along — until the jolt-ending, that, in truth, seems slightly out of step with what has gone before.

29/07/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

[It] will make demands of an audience not au fait with goats, yurts and the Kyrgyz taste in traditional headgear. But it's worth the effort.

29/07/2011

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Time Out

Cath Clarke

Director Kubat stars as Mr Light (the rest of the actors are mostly non-pros), giving a performance of profound warmth and humanity.

28/07/2011

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The Times

Wendy Ide

… a fascinating little film. Although it’s easy to dismiss this as an ethnographic curio, it gives us a handsomely photographed insight into life in a country that most people would be hard-pressed to find on a map.

29/07/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

It has some terrific scenes, but the weirdly elliptical storytelling comes across as if half of those scenes are missing.

31/07/2011

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