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The Chimp (2001)

Maimil (original title)
A teenager in a Kirgiz provincial town passes the time between his work at the railroad and hanging out with his friends before he has to join the military service.


Aktan Arym Kubat (as Aktan Abdykalykov)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mirlan Abdykalykov Mirlan Abdykalykov ... The Chimp
Dzylykcy Dzakypov Dzylykcy Dzakypov ... The father
Sergey Golovkin Sergey Golovkin ... Sacha
Alexandra Mitrokhina Alexandra Mitrokhina ... Zina
Yuriy Sokolov Yuriy Sokolov ... Iouri
Salynbek Sarymsakov Salynbek Sarymsakov ... Akbar
Alexei Manzinbine Alexei Manzinbine ... Friend of the father
Tchynarkoul Moukacheva Tchynarkoul Moukacheva ... Woman with the skin stain
Jyldyz Abakirova Jyldyz Abakirova ... Jyldyz
Veronika Semibratova Veronika Semibratova ... Vicki
Renata Tanabaeva Renata Tanabaeva ... Renata
Nelli Soultangazieva Nelli Soultangazieva ... Nelli
Saida Mamyrbaeva Saida Mamyrbaeva ... Saida
Nikolai Bouriak Nikolai Bouriak ... Head worker
Ainagoul Essenkojeva Ainagoul Essenkojeva ... The Mother


A teenager in a Kirgiz provincial town passes the time between his work at the railroad and hanging out with his friends before he has to join the military service.

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France | Kyrgyzstan | Japan


Kirghiz | Russian

Release Date:

23 January 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De aap See more »

Filming Locations:

Balyktchy, Kyrgyzstan


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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In 2001, the film was chosen to represent Kyrgyzstan in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2002 Oscars, making it the second film to compete since Kyrgyz independence. The film competed against 50 other countries and was ultimately unable to make the Top Five. See more »

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Interesting kirghiz movie
26 January 2002 | by Christophe ChohinSee all my reviews

Maimal is the story of a young Kirghiz who has to go to the army. But before, he would like to have his first sexual experience. The problem is that he looks like a monkey and is shy because of this. Sounds dull ? Maybe if it was an American movie. It would be something like American Pie. But in Kirghiztan, it leads to a touching fable about young Kirghizs. And it's a good way to talk about the problems of this former USSR Republic : alcohol, poverty and so on. Let's say this movie is clever, well acted, well directed and an interesting experience for every movie lovers. Ever seen a kirghiz movie ? Try this one.

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