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TIFF 2020: “In Between Dying”


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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Like many other countries, Azerbaijan has many children who disrespect their parents, are rude to them, and even beat them up. It’s not something I heard from someone – it is my native country where I was born and raised. Hence, having films such as “In Between Dying” is a refreshing look at what happens when you have one greatest love that’s taken for granted and how it may be gone in the blink of an eye.

Davud is one of those typical young men from Azerbaijan who looks at his mother as if she is obligated to get up and give him a glass of water, clean up after him, or even act like his personal maid. He is an extremely rude and unlikeable person. He refuses to buy an important medicine for his mother, and before leaving the apartment, yells at her telling, “Ask your Holy spirits to buy one for you.” But what he does not know is that over the span of a one-day experience, he will be forced to face who he is, talk about life and free captured souls, while his own is deeply trapped.

The screenplay from Hilal Baydarov and Rashid Safar’s “In Between Dying” has many gaps to get confused about. As for the performance, it could not get worse if you understand the language, but won’t be noticed if you read the subtitles. As for the concept, the philosophical approach is brilliant and educational. It is deeply moving and sublime. There is a lot to grasp and processes throughout the film while the camera, as a bystander, captures how Davud begins to liberate women on his way towards the discovery of true love, which he is about to lose forever.

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