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MONGOL

Director: SERGEI BODROV

MONGOLIA-RUSSIA-GERMANY-KAZAKHSTAN-SWITZERLAND • 2007 SUBTITLED • COLOUR • ANAMORPHIC • DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 125 MIN


RUSSIAN DIRECTOR SERGEI BODROV HAS FULFILLED A LONGTIME DREAM IN BRINGING THE HEART-WRENCHING STORY OF ONE OF THE GREAT RULERS OF THE MONGOL DYNASTY TO THE SCREEN. THE TALE OF HOW A YOUNG BOY ASCENDED TO BECOME GENGHIS KHAN CENTRES BODROV’S EPIC TALE OF LOVE AND BETRAYAL.
Nine-year-old Temudjin sets off with his father, a khan, to search for a bride. Travelling across the region’s stark and beautiful tundra, Temudjin sees a girl whom he proclaims to be his wife, though his choice runs counter to his father’s wishes. But Temudjin’s life instantly changes when a group of Tartars poison his father. Even though he is next in line to rule, the rest of the tribe refuses to accept leadership from a young boy. They cast out his entire family, forcing them to eke out a meagre existence. An epic of courage and resourcefulness follows, as the boy becomes a man (Tadanobu Asano), finds the girl whom he had chosen as his bride all those years ago, and gradually reasserts his claim to the leadership of his kingdom. This saga plays out against the stunning landscapes of Central Asia, where tribal loyalties rule and violent warfare trumps other means of resolving differences. The grand canvas of the storyline clearly stimulates Bodrov, and he relishes the visual opportunities afforded in the scenes of realistic warfare. But he also finds ample time for the quiet moments between Temudjin, his wife and his beloved mother. Family forms the bedrock of behaviour, and Bodrov constantly returns to this idea in re-imaging a vital period of Mongol history.—Piers Handling.


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