Bo, Ba,Bu

Ali Khamraev, 1998, 82 min. Uzbekistan, Italy, France.
Bo, Ba,Bu

An Asian man, Bo, finds a dying white woman in a desert and brings her to his remote home, where he lives with his brother Bu. They name the woman Ba, and the three start living together. The archetypal plot- love triangle, male rivalry, jealousy, and the exchange of women, cattle, and money- eschews any unnecessary detail. The European appearance of the woman played by an Italian actress suggests the underlying theme of the film: the role of the West in the Central Asian region and the abyss separating the two worlds. A person's face covered by a cloth-mask and the subtitle "Eleven Thousand Miles from New York" also point to the identity issues this film attempts to address.