Cast & Crew
S. T. Vartian
Deep in the Lori Mountains, a young girl named Anoush hears the song of the shepherd Saro as he sings beneath her window. Despite her mother's disapproval, Anoush goes to Saro, and, learning that the shepherd loves her as much as she loves him, hides with him while her mother desperately searches for her. Later, on the feast of the Ascension, the young girls of the village tell one another's fortunes, and when Anoush's turn arrives, the prediction is bleak: a dagger will one day pierce her lover's breast. The young girls try to comfort the distraught Anoush, but she insists that as an infant she was cursed when her mother refused to give alms to a wandering beggar. At a wedding celebration, Saro and Anoush's brother Mosi wrestle for the amusement of the assembled guests. Inspired by Anoush's presence, Saro squarely bests Mosi, and the latter vows eternal revenge for the humiliation. Mosi makes Anoush promise never to see Saro again, but Saro appears and the lovesick Anoush flees with him. Sheriff Zakar looks for the renegade couple, and, finding Saro, kills him. Weeping upon Saro's grave, Anoush dies of a broken heart and joins her lover as he walks to his eternal resting place.
S. T. Vartian
The above credits and plot summary were based on a translated dialogue continuity and press materials deposited with the NYSA. The Lori Mountains, the film's setting, are located in the Caucasus Mountains. Press materials claim that Anoush was the first Armenian-language film made in Hollywood. Press notes also include the statement that the cast was "supported by hundreds of character players."