My Name Is Batlir, Not Butler
Batlir Degil Bahlti
The unusually named Batlir — emphatically not Butler — has an even more prominent distinguishing characteristic: a vastly oversized head. Bullied and made a figure of fun because of his immense noggin, Batlir has spent most of his life alone in his room. In one of the film’s elements of magical realism, Batlir takes particular comfort from his conversations with the whale featured on a poster in his bedroom sanctuary, but he also has a small cadre of friends (including an elderly blind man) who offer support. When Batlir discovers a medical procedure that could reduce the size of his head, he pursues the operation despite the concerns of his father. Batlir hopes to overcome the major impediment to his goal — the considerable cost — by winning a TV game show, but he fears that he won’t be up to the challenge of conquering the show’s smugly unbeaten host.