The Legacy (L'Héritage) (2006)
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Three French hipsters and their translator travel through rural Georgia to claim a remote, ruined castle that one of them has inherited. En route, they encounter an old man and his grandchild who are on a journey to carry out a mysterious, morbid ritual designed to end a conflict between warring clans.
Sep 20, 2006 Wide
Sep 7, 2004
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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.
The last act, which freewheels towards denouement like a driverless bus.
Legacy starts brilliantly and sustains its intensity all the way through but, in the last few minutes, forgets to give us a decent climax.
There's intrigue here, but they're weighed down by the meandering pace and lack of dramatic payoff.
Laced with subtle comedy, Legacy is certainly an affectionate, oddball look at the lives of small town Georgians, but the meandering story, and it's surprisingly simple pay off, is not quite satisfying enough to make it all worthwhile.
A Hitchcockian atmosphere conjures up some genuine suspense but it loses points for falling into the realms of melodrama in the final moments.
An air of inevitability punctuates the picture and the lives of the lead characters are under-explored as the directors' focus on tourist ignorance of cultural differences at the expense of any real tension.
A deftly blended melange of European styles, from the wide-open vistas reminiscent of Russian cinema to moments of intimate absurdity echoing Antonioni.
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