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Boys In The Sky

Zoulfikar Musakov, Uzbekistan, 2002; 86m
Boys In The Sky
Zoulfikar Musakov's gentle comedy about four teenage boys growing up in Tashkent is modeled on the Fellini of Amarcord, a series of loosely connected sketches that catch the beauty, the pain, the joy and the confusion of adolescence. There are hilarious episodes: a visit to a video boutique with an animated tribute to action cinema from the overenthusiastic proprietor; a disastrous ride in a "borrowed" Mercedes; a birthday celebration with a sense of adolescent awkwardness, ending with the director's son Tahir doing a rousing homage to Michael Jackson; a look at a pirated copy of Emmanuelle. Musakov's movie has been playing to sold-out audiences in Tashkent for months, and it's no wonder why: with its freewheeling, lovably antic spirit, BOYS IN THE SKY could have been made by the four friends themselves.