Ashik Kerib

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  • 1988
  • 1 hr 13 min
  • 7.2  (2,197)

Ashik Kerib is a 1988 film directed by Sergei Paradjanov, based on the eponymous novella by Mikhail Lermontov. The story centers around a wandering minstrel, Ashik Kerib (played by Yuri Mgoyan), who is in love with the beautiful Magul-Megheri (Sofiko Chiaureli). Unfortunately, her father has forbidden her to marry Ashik, unless he can come up with a large sum of money, which he cannot afford. Undeterred, Ashik sets out on a journey across the Caucasus, hoping to make enough money to win Magul-Megheri's hand in marriage.

Along the way, Ashik encounters a variety of characters, each with their own stories and secrets. He competes in a wrestling match, helps a young boy reunite with his mother, and helps a group of dancers put on a show. He also encounters a man who claims to be his long-lost brother, and he learns the truth about his own past.

Through it all, Ashik remains determined to win Magul-Megheri's hand in marriage. He even agrees to marry another woman, hoping that he can somehow use his new wife to gain the money he needs to win back the woman he truly loves.

The film is notable for its stunning visuals and use of color, as well as its emphasis on music and dance. Paradjanov was known for his unconventional filmmaking style, and Ashik Kerib is no exception. The film uses a mix of live-action and animation, and it incorporates traditional folk music and dance from the Caucasus region. The result is a truly unique cinematic experience, unlike anything else you are likely to see.

At its heart, Ashik Kerib is a love story, but it is also a meditation on the nature of storytelling, and the ways in which we construct our own narratives. Ashik is a master storyteller, and throughout the film, he spins tales about his own past, as well as about the people he meets on his journey. But as he learns more about himself and those around him, he begins to realize that the stories we tell ourselves can be both liberating and suffocating.

Overall, Ashik Kerib is a beautiful and haunting film, full of poetry, music, and color. It is a fitting tribute to Mikhail Lermontov's original novella, and it stands as a testament to the creative genius of Sergei Paradjanov. Whether you are a fan of art house cinema, experimental storytelling, or simply love a good love story, Ashik Kerib is a film you won't want to miss.

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    1 hr 13 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (2,197)