Movie Review: Zere (2021) by Dauren Kamshibaev

“Zere” is the full-length debut of Kazakhstani director Dauren Kamshibaev. The film was made with the help of the scholars from Taraz Movie Faculty, a free film college based by him. 

The fisherman Kadyr has drowned at work. The native wastrel Makosh threatens his bereaved household that he’ll announce the late man’s debt on the day of his funeral, placing disgrace on his household. Kadyr’s widow Sarah (Olga Landina) finds a technique to pay it off which includes her daughter Zere (Adina Bazhan), however her plan falls aside when her late husband’s brother arrives. 

“Zere”, one would by no means guess that it’s made with the assistance of scholars from the director’s film college. Every scene is created with an ideal consideration to element. A lot of them are almost excellent, their symmetrical composition and use of shade at instances reminding of the work of Wes Anderson. The static digital camera observes the characters within the forefront and the again with a indifferent curiosity, the mise-en-scene is rustic but clear, with all the pieces, particularly in Kadyr’s home, creating a way of concord. The enhancing, too, is sluggish and unobtrusive, permitting the scenes to take their time taking part in out. This all creates a robust sense as if time has stopped at this distant, nearly uninhabited place. 

The visible enchantment of the film, nevertheless, can be certainly one of its greatest issues. It’s apparent that Dauren Kamshibaev has tried to create a deep and brooding human drama. The story begins with demise and from there solely goes darker, all the characters stroll, communicate, and act as if they’ve the load of the world on them. Each line is delivered slowly by the actors as if they’re saying one thing essential and are suffering from the mere concept of speaking or seeing each other; their each snail paced motion unrealistic and pretend in a really unappealing approach. As if pretending to say one thing grand all of the whereas saying nothing in any respect. 

In probably the most ridiculous scenes in your entire movie, which coincidentally or not is among the many most essential ones in “Zere”, the mom and uncle of the eponymous lady communicate. The uncle is standing close to the doorway of their small home, his physique contorted in what might be probably the most uncomfortable positions an individual can keep in, wanting on the mom, who’s standing on the different finish of the body. Her physique can be contorted. They communicate within the film’s snail tempo, taking a look at totally different instructions (the cases by which two characters communicate whereas taking a look at one another could be counted on the fingers of a single hand), their eyes wanting who is aware of the place. It’s theatrical and unnatural in probably the most unappealing approach doable as a result of it doesn’t say or imply something. One can not however suppose that the scene is shot like that just because it appears to be like “good”. 

This downside goes deeper, although. Nearly all the pieces within the script of the film appears to even be included merely for its personal sake. For an instance, the household is proven as hermit-like luddites, Zere’s brother not having seen even earphones. And, but, this performs completely no function within the story, nor within the chracterization of the protagonists. It appears to be like like it’s there merely to allow them to construct a pleasant home and shoot the film at a scenic location, nothing else. Similar to this whole extremely tough to suggest movie.

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