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Monanieba (Repentance) Reviews

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Tony Rayns
Time Out
August 26, 2014
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.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
August 26, 2014
Its significance as a social and historical document far outstrips its value as art.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 26, 2014
Repentance would seem mordantly funny if its wit, like that of its central character, weren't also so cruel.

August 26, 2014
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.
Diana Nelson Jones
Tulsa World
August 26, 2014
It signifies a Soviet Union coming to terms with its past.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 26, 2014
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 23, 2014
It's worth more for its daring political statement against the totalitarian Soviet regime of Stalin than as a work of moving satire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 10, 2003
A bold film from the Soviet Union, affirming the ethical values of religion and the cultural values of art.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 26, 2014
Its message is worth heeding everywhere. And its frontal attack on Stalinism makes it a landmark in Soviet film history.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2014
[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.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 26, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 26, 2014
Repentance stands as one of the finest films to be released as a result of glasnost.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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