Monanieba (Repentance) (1984)
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as Varlam Aravidze/Abel...
as Ketevan Barateli
as Sandro Barateli
as Nino Baratelli
as Mikhail Korisheli
as Elena Korisheli
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Critic Reviews for Monanieba (Repentance)
[Repentance] is lit with bursts of satiric humor, with music, bits of opera and great flights of surreal imagery, which only serve to intensify its growing horror. And it is never less than physically gorgeous.
Repentance would seem mordantly funny if its wit, like that of its central character, weren't also so cruel.
Its significance as a social and historical document far outstrips its value as art.
Tengiz Abuladze's dreamlike allegorical fantasy about Stalinism, as well as despotism in general, is probably the best known and almost certainly one of the best Soviet films to have surfaced as a result of glasnost.
The result is neither as minatory nor as moving as it thinks it is, despite some arresting surrealist images and the performance of Makharadze as Varlam.
Audience Reviews for Monanieba (Repentance)
harsh social commentary mixed with Abuladze's lyrical and often symbolic storytelling. a somewhat vague but still very forthright condemnation of dictatorships--rather shocking to see from a Soviet film, even if its from the 80s. the moral struggles of some of the characters are just fascinating. there's a very dry, subtle sense of humour permeating the film that makes nothing in particular overly funny, but everything seems a bit ridiculous. thought-provoking writing, solid acting, a cool plot structure, and just an overall good film.
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