Adilkhan Yerzhanov ‘s The Gentle Indifference of the world conveys us into an enchanting ride with hints of the works of Parajanov, Kaurismaki and Camus.

Followed by devoted childhood friend, Kuandyk, young Saltanat, an erudite Kazakh woman, leaves the countryside and heads for the city in order to save her family, crumbling with debts, with an arranged marriage to a corrupt acquaintance. Kuandyk is into undeclared love and act as a guardian angel. Both he and Saltanat have to deal their one way with despotism, selfishness, corruption and meaningless life as they often refer to the work of Albert Camus.

This latest outing by Yerzhanov, proposes prominent visual poetry. On beautifully framed canvas he draws a portrait of his two main protagonists, discovering some harsh realities of life, trying to make sense out of it. But, Yerzhanov’s description of life burden and existentialism is remarkably handled. Quietly, the director manages to tackle numerous difficult issues, apparently faced by people from his country (as well as worldwide), in a light way and, despite some serious drama, the outcome of many scenes (that we will not spoil) are often refreshing with a focus on appealing details clebrating the beauty of life.

The ‘independent’ budget limitations, with a supporting cast mainly composed of amateurs and the main use of natural light (causing a few lapses of continuity) are easily forgiven as they are taken into account and mainly well managed by the director.

The Gentle Indifference of the world is a reviving and delightful sample of appealing world cinema.

FNC screenings:
Monday Oct. 8, 5:30 PM, Cinema Quartier Latin
Wednesday Oct. 10, 7:00 PM Cinéma du Parc
Sunday Oct. 14, 7:00 PM Cinéma du Parc