Uzbekistan 1989: After his military service in Afghanistan, Saidulla works as a sports teacher in a provincial school. After then being diagnosed with an incurable disease, he faces up to what has been repressed for too long – he tries to come to terms with himself. He takes revenge on the murderer of his best friend and becomes reconciled with the widow of a comrade who was killed in the war. Is it possible to achieve good by the wrong means?
The monotony of everyday life begins each morning with the alarm clock ringing and then continues in the school and gym. Saidulllas' strictly ordered life gets into middle because of the serious diagnosis. However, he resigns himself to fate and even sees it as a last chance to make up for old mistakes and omissions.
Rashid Malikov creates a dramatic narrative against the backdrop of the Uzbek steppe, a landscape that suggests an important milestone in Saidulla's last journey. The son, who forbids him to have any contact with his grandson, remains adamant about his decision. Neither Captain Abishev, who fought with him in Afghanistan, nor the widow of his dead comrade live far away from him. He sets off now with his only faithful friend, the dog Rembo, at his side. But isn't the desire for revenge just as false a promise as consolation that comes too late? IB
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Rashid Malikov - born in 1958 in Moscow, USSR (today Russia). He first graduated from the Tashkent Medical Institute before getting a degree in directing from the renowned Moscow Film University VGIK. Since then he has made numerous feature films.
MIDNIGHT BLUES (1991/92)
THE PEDESTRIAN (1997)
THE UNCLE (2014)