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  • Summary: This portrait of an abandoned community in the snowy badlands of post soviet Armenia celebrates its quirky characters at the same time that it mourns their plight. (New Yorker Films)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
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  1. Saleem, a Paris-based Kurd, displays the visual confidence and subtle screwball rhythms of a master, exploiting offscreen space, deadpan compositions, and deft visual backbeats, as well as attaining a breathtaking fidelity to real light and landscape.
  2. 80
    The thicket of relationships that the director, Hiner Saleem, has created and weaves his cast and camera through is so invitingly hotblooded and crowded with hilariously melodramatic incident that the snowbanks are not nearly as forbidding as they initially seem.
  3. 75
    A fresh breath of air, warmer than the icy village in which it takes place. You'll leave the theater with a wink and a smile.
  4. As the picture winds on, the feeling grows that Saleem, who clearly knows these people, wants to show that their mode of life in this stark setting has, in a gentle way, a touch of the ridiculous.
  5. An appealingly wry little film that is as appetizing as its title.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    This is frostbitten Fellini -- a film that finds fresh beauty and contentment in the wake of centuries of conquering armies. The great joke of Vodka Lemon is that the conquerors missed what was there all along.
  7. 50
    Exceedingly dry and precise and slow-paced comedy.

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