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A teenage boy is thrown into a world of love, death, and deception in this powerful drama. Mustafa (Olzhas Nusuppaev) is a 15-year old boy living in Kazakhstan in the early 1990s. Nicknamed "Schizo" by his schoolmates because of several incidents of emotional instability, Mustafa left school and works for Sakura (Eduard Tabischev), his mother's boyfriend, who helps to organize bare-knuckle boxing tournaments for a cadre of bookmakers. Mustafa's job is to find likely fighters for Sakura, and one of the first prospects he brings in is Ali (Gairatzhan Tokhgibakier), who is only… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Nusuppaev simply isn't skilled enough to bring us along on Schizo's journey, and Omarova's sense of pace is uneven."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Omarova's thoughtful offering is not so much a visual triptych of the country but a human portrait of youthful purpose in the face of fisted danger."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This Russian-made thriller is seriously lacking energy, which is surprising considering the material."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"An uncommonly moving feature about characters in desperate circumstances,Schizo features an incredible debut performance by its leading actor, a Kazakhstan orphan."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"As admirable as some of the film might be, it's ultimately too sluggish and dreary to be very memorable."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"It takes patience to get into this movie, but it does pay off."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"First-time director Guka Omarova has a strong eye for telling detail and a sensitivity to Mustafa's slow awakening."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"You'd by crazy to miss this Kazakhstan import."
‑ , E! Online
"Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"An earnest also-ran."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"The exotic setting and the starkness with which the young man's story is told--along with Nusuppaev's muted charisma--help it transcend the narrative commonplaces."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Guka Omarova's assured first feature Schizo is a noir forced out into the sunlight."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"While believable and well put-together, the story is a bit too slight to fully command our attention."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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