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ANGEL ON THE RIGHT
aka L'ANGELO DELLA SPALLA DESTRA
aka FARARISHTAY KIFTI ROST
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Uktamoi Miyasarova, Maruf Pulodzoda, Kova Tilavpur, Mardonqul Qulbobo, Malohat Maqsumova, Furkat Buriev, Orzuqul Kholikov, Hokim Rakhmonov, Tolib Temuraliev, Davras Azimov
Director: Djamshed Usmonov
Countries: Italy / France / Switzerland / Tajikistan
Language: Tajik (English subtitles)
UK: 89 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate violence and drug references
UK Release Date: 12 November 2004
There is an old Islamic legend that recounts that everyone has two invisible angels, one on each shoulder. The angel on the right records good deeds and good thoughts, while the angel on the left takes note of bad ones.
After 10 years in Moscow, broke tough guy Hamro (Maruf Pulodzoda) returns to his native Tajikistan village to tend to his dying mother Halima.
Hamro realizes that he must sell her house and belongings as quickly as possible in order to pay his long overdue debts. However, the reception he receives, is not quite as expected, as the townspeople are just as tough as the big city crowd he is now accustomed to.
To satisfy his mother's dying wish for a decorative double gate, one that will allow her coffin to exit with dignity and not be lifted over the wall in humiliation; he begins renovations immediately, with the hidden agenda of getting a better price for it upon her death.
Hamro soon gets more than he expected from the quiet countryside village: Savri, his mother's pretty nurse, eventually comes around to his boorish advances, he is violently forced by a rough family to recognize the 10 year-old son he didn't even know existed. And to top it all off, Hamro discovers he's been tricked by his own mother and the crooked mayor...
With mafia-types on his back for money, desperate Hamro soon realizes that a mother's love is sometimes the only thing that one can count on.
It's about time he started listening more to the angel on the right...