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Monanieba (Repentance) (1984)

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Average Rating: 0/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Repentance (Pokayaniye) features Avtandil Makharadze in a dual role. As Georgian mayor Varlam Aravidze, Makharadze is a strutting, arbitrarily cruel dictator, something of a composite Stalin and Hitler. Visually he very closely resembles Lavrentiy Beriya, Stalin's right hander and one-time KGB chief. As Abel, the mayor's son, Makharadze finds himself in the middle of an ideological squabble when his father dies. Zeinab Botsvadze, a local woman who had suffered mightily under the mayor's regime,

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Art House & International, Drama

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[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.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Repentance would seem mordantly funny if its wit, like that of its central character, weren't also so cruel.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Its significance as a social and historical document far outstrips its value as art.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Its message is worth heeding everywhere. And its frontal attack on Stalinism makes it a landmark in Soviet film history.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

It signifies a Soviet Union coming to terms with its past.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

It is a defiant assault on revisionist history that shows, through a series of harrowing flashbacks, that the crimes of the past cannot simply be buried and forgotten.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

As Gorbachev's Glasnost was being welcomed around the world, the final part of Abuladze's trilogy seemd relevant to a country coming to terms with its violent past. Now, it seems like a talky history lecture.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Repentance stands as one of the finest films to be released as a result of glasnost.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's worth more for its daring political statement against the totalitarian Soviet regime of Stalin than as a work of moving satire.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A bold film from the Soviet Union, affirming the ethical values of religion and the cultural values of art.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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