Alternate Titles: The Daughter-in-law
Yermek Amanshayev, Tasbolat Merekenov, Alexandr Vovnyanko
Aktan Aryn Kubat, Ermek Tursunov
Gulsharat Zhubayeva, Turakhan Sadykova, Yerzhan Nurymbet, Kuandyk Kystykbayev, Nurzhan Turganbayev
Looking like a fairy-tale queen, Kelin (Gulsharat Zhubayeva) is about to be married. High in the Altai Mountains of Kazakhstan, her father bargains with two suitors who are each vying for her hand. Unfortunately, her true love, Mergyen (Kuandyk Kystykbaev), loses out to the richer bachelor, Baktashi (Erzhan Nurymbet). Before losing the competition, however, Mergyen takes a blood oath to eventually claim Kelin for his own. In this prehistoric time, women are a valuable commodity Kelin is the most precious thing in their community, and the most beautiful.
Kelin is delivered to her husband's family home, a yurt inhabited by his mother, Ene (Turakhan Sadykova), and his younger brother Kaini (Nurzhan Turganbaev). The young wife soon abandons herself to her husband's caresses, and learns that married life – even to someone you didn't actually choose – has its rewards. Mesmerized by the power of her own sexuality, she comes to enjoy the nightly routine, and smiles through her day – at least until Mergyen, comes back into her life.
Kelin is a passionate tale of love, betrayal, and survival. It is timeless, beautiful, and moving, all enhanced by the absence of words. Relying solely on visuals to tell this story, director Ermek Tursunov forces us to closely examine these extraordinary characters.