Photo of Mahabbat Turganbayeva Mahabbat Turganbayeva

Mahabbat Turganbayeva in Tulpan

Tulpan

2008 NR

Freshly discharged from the Russian navy, young Asa (Askhat Kuchencherekov) returns to the arid Kazakh steppe to find a bride and become a shepherd. But his plans go awry when Tulpan, the only eligible bachelorette around, rejects him because his ears are too big. What's more, Asa turns out to be a lousy shepherd. Can his persistence win Tulpan's love, the respect of his flock and the life he dreams of? Documentarian Sergei Dvortsevoy directs.