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Vodka Lemon

For the inhabitants of an impoverished village in post-Soviet Armenia, the universal gesture could be a world-weary shrug. Through the simple story of an older widower, the widow he meets at a cemetery, and their family members, writer-director Hiner Saleem gives us a portrait of a place on the far margins of modernity. The village has one telephone and no jobs, and just about everyone is trying to sell his possessions off simply to get by. It takes a while to tune into Saleem's slow pacing and his tricky mix of deadpan humor and bleak drama, but once you do the rewards are great. In Armenian, Russian, Kurdish, and French with subtitles. 88 min.

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