To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon)
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To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon)
A young man gets the jolt of masculinity he's been looking for in a dangerous and unexpected way in this dark comedy-drama from Tajikistan. Kamal (Khurched Golibekov) is a nineteen-year-old who has been married to a beautiful girl his age for three months. However, Kamal has been unable to consummate his marriage, and no one seems to know what to do to help; his doctor can find nothing wrong with him, folk remedies prove useless, and a prostitute recommended by his cousin is unable to cure his impotence. Hoping to find a woman who can cure him, Kamal travels to the city and meets Vera… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This finely directed but tough Tajik tale is part love story, part social critique."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Despite the crime-filled third act it has the motor of a US teen sex comedy and could easily be repackaged and called Kamal's Gotta Have It! God knows it couldn't be any worse."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Throw in the inscrutable performances, the peculiar switch in tone and that head-scratcher of a title, and you'd be better off using the hour to tell someone about your childhood."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Director Djamshed Usmonov frames his story beautifully."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Killing makes a man a man in the puzzling To Get to Heaven You Have to Die, an artfully lensed but psychologically unpersuasive initiation tale from Tajikistan."
‑ Deborah Young, Variety
"The look and feel of the movie is involving, especially the cool, controlled way Usmonov allows the story to develop without forcing the pace. Unfortunately, the ending is unconvincing in human terms."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The plot's twists and turns are less to the point, or less to be prized, than the whey-faced humour, the solid humanity, the feel for the epiphanic in the everyday."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Engaging, quirky and often darkly funny drama with a great performance from first-time actor Khurched Golibekov."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Atmospheric in its early stages but a little too reticent towards the end, this is nevertheless a bleakly intriguing drama about the darker reaches of the male psyche."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"A jolting journey towards a swaggering notion of manhood, directed with assured expertise by Jamshed Usmonov."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"It feels like a Central Asian remake of some American indie thriller, except that few American films would be prepared to take things so slowly, or with so few words."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent