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SWEETIE, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT (aka Zhanym, ty ne poverish, 2020)
Directed by Ernar Nurgaliev.
Written by Zhandos Aibassov, Yernar Nurgaliyev, Daniyar Soltanbayev.
Starring Daniar Alshinov, Asel Kaliyeva, Azamat Marklenov, Yerlan Primbetov, Dulyga Akmolda, Almat Sakatov, Rustem Zhaniyamanov, Yerkebulan Daiyrov, Bekaris Akhetov, Kadirgali Kobentay, Kilishbek Kassymbek, Gauhar Sagingalieva, Eduard Shchokin, Gulmira Zhaklieva
From Kazakhstan comes a rowdy, gory comedy of errors translated to SWEETIE, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT. Reminiscent of other iconic international films like RABIES and WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE, SWEETIE, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT is a hodge podge of comedy, horror, action, and sheer lunacy. It follows the cause and effect style of a PULP FICTION where different groups of collide with gory and hilarious results and somehow a story is made out of these multiple collisions.
Dastan (Daniar Alshinov) is a mild mannered husband doing his best at satiating his very pregnant and nagging wife Zhanna (Asel Kaliyeva). In need of a much-deserved break, he decides to go on a fishing trip with his two best buddies Arman (Azamat Marklenov) a sex toy salesman and Murat (Erlan Primbetov) a school security guard. So they take off in a van that looks just like the one from TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and they witness a crime by a gang of bumbling criminals. Soon the criminals are on their tails. But someone even more deadly is tracking down the criminals because they shot his dog. It all becomes quite messy, but easy to follow as one group of bumbling idiots crashes chaotically into another until only a few are left standing.
Watching SWEETIE, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT is like watching a modern day Three Stooges film, but with tons of blood and gore! This is slapstick horror at its finest where heads explode, body parts fly through the air, and blood gets spattered on everything. One of the criminals faints at the sight of blood and let’s just say, he faits a lot. There are twisted sight gags, over the top reactions, cartoonishly weird characters, and under the belt humor galore and it is downright glorious to behold. The true highlight is the scarred faced killer out for revenge for his fallen pooch. The carnage he orchestrates puts most 80’s slashers to shame.
If you’re looking for a film that is utterly unpredictable and undeniably funny as it sloshes through the blood and gore, SWEETIE, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT is it. Expect broken jaws, fish-hooked ears, tiny farts, screaming severed heads, fantastic music, and a wall of baby dolls. This film is made up of bits and pieces of so many great films including JOHN WICK, THE HANGOVER, and Australia’s THE LOVED ONES, but still shines as a completely original entity on its own. SWEETIE, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT is my kind of wrong in so many of the right ways. Its direction is crisp. The pace is relentless. The comedy is gold with every beat. SWEETIE, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT won’t disappoint. It’s the type of film that makes me excited to have watched it so I can recommend it to as many people as I can. Enough praise already, just watch it!