The Legacy (L'Héritage) (2006)
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Despite its undeniable thematic richness, 'Legacy' marks a slight return for Georgian director Géla Babluani.
Containing a bare minimum of suspense and excitement, story unspools like a shaggy dog story missing the punchline.
A unique road movie telling a dark moralistic ethnic tale of a long-lasting blood feud between two village clans with fatal repercussions.
This grimly rewarding film reveals a nation trapped in its own historical legacy, and outsiders unable to understand let alone help.
Father and son Georgian filmmakers take an intriguing look at the collision between new and old, east and west in their home country. The film is colourful and almost shockingly vivid, with a refreshingly foreign feel that's thoroughly accessible.
Audience Reviews for The Legacy (L'Héritage)
Two Americans (Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross) are guests at an old English mansion, where a strange set of events are taking place. A group of powerful individuals are gathered at the estate to receive their inheritance from a dying demonic host. Those who receive the legacy will suffer horrible deaths throughout. There are great scenes with an evil nurse, a mysterious cat, a clawed hand, viscious guard dogs, a dinner scene death, a burning man, and a scalding shower. Escape from the place is not an easy option. Slow-moving, but Patrick McNee and Roger Daltrey are there to entertain with their deaths. It's tame for the most part.
In "The Legacy," Patricia(Sylvie Testud) is in Tbilisi, Georgia to look into her inheritance which she learns is little more than a ruin but decides to take a look anyway with her friends Jean(Stanislas Merhar) and Celine(Olga Legrand) filming the process. Since it would be kind to call the car of their interpreter and guide Nikolai(Pascal Bongard) a jalopy, they will have to take a bus for two days to get there. The journey is uneventful until a conversation with a young man(Giorgi Babluani) occurs where Patricia hears something that she does not quite comprehend at first...
"The Legacy" is a simple story, yet also deceptive in that it's not really about the characters we thought it was, almost lulling the viewers into a false calm before the story gets to a critical point and everything changes. That structure works well with the movie's central theme of westerners blindly stumbling into a situation that they do not understand and, no matter how wrong it may seem, are warned against interfering. Actually, there is foreshadowing of this early on when Jean gets into a fight which leads to Nikolai being injured, without having thought everything through first.
very gripping, and so human. An intrigue filled ride that leaves you thinking. Cinema at it's finest.
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