UZBEKISTAN: Novda (2015)

Novda (“the sprig”) is a 2015 coming-of-age Uzbek film – it’s a comedy / melodrama set in a small village. The movies follows a few members of a family and their wacky neighbours, with a plot that winds about a bit. The youngest son is trying to navigate crushes on a pair of friends, peer pressure, and a violent bully. The adult son has returned to the village after medical school, and has his own pressure over who to marry. Their parents are largely portrayed as comic characters, but their worries about their sons and their dissatisfaction with their own lives simmer underneath. It’s mainly just a fun, goofy movie, with some very silly bits (the resolution of the violent bully for one) but there is also some emotional meat to it. It’s on Youtube with English subtitles.

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