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Vodka Lemon

Vodka Lemon (2004)

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94

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 2

Vodka Lemon is a bleak and darkly funny comedy, just like its town and people.

94

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

Vodka Lemon is a bleak and darkly funny comedy, just like its town and people.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 1,201

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In a remote, isolated village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons, travels daily to his wife's grave. There he meets the lovely Nina, who is communing with her late husband. The two are penniless--she works in a local bar that is about to close down, while he has been forced to start selling his meager possessions. All seems hopelessly bleak, yet as Hamo begins to court Nina, their unexpected union revitalizes them.

Dec 20, 2005

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This is frostbitten Fellini -- a film that finds fresh beauty and contentment in the wake of centuries of conquering armies.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Despite some banalities and Romen Avinian's slightly overdone Hamo, Vodka Lemon is a fresh breath of air, warmer than the icy village in which it takes place. You'll leave the theater with a wink and a smile.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Objectively, it's a sad story of yearning and hardship, but it's structured and performed like a comedy. As life is.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Director Hiner Saleem has created a magical movie that veers, even within scenes, from love story to tragedy to comic relief.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Manages to chill our bones while delighting that part of us that relishes absurdity.

January 7, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Saleem nourishes his tale of the widower Hamo and widow Nina with a greening bud of romance. And he has wit and warmth to spare for all the movie's denizens.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Worthwhile for the cinematography alone, which is nothing short of inspired, such as the love scene shot through the pale pattern of a lace curtain, which dissolves almost imperceptibly into the whiteout of a steady blizzard.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

An appealing film, a window onto a part of the world passed over by history.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film ends on a surreal image of such remarkable whimsy and good cheer that it will keep you warm for a while after the credits roll.

May 12, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

If you're in need of a little inspiration, a shot of Vodka Lemon will do you nicely.

January 13, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

A bright and acerbic quality accentuates the film's lean, angled outlook on life.

December 10, 2004
Fresno Bee

The situation in these former republics may indeed be dire, but it's a breeding ground for exciting cinema.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Diverting but minor.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for Vodka Lemon

[font=Century Gothic]"Vodka Lemon" takes place in Armenia where Hamo(Romen Avinian) is an aging widower who visits his wife's grave everyday, keeping her informed of what is going on in his life. Currently, his son, Kamo, is in Paris looking for work and is not able to send any money back home. Disappointed, Hamo is forced to sell his prized wardrobe. Also at the cemetary, is Nina(Lala Sarkissian), a middle-aged women who cannot make ends meet even though she works as a bartender.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Vodka Lemon" is a droll movie made in the tradition of Kusturica and Kaurismaki about an Armerian village that is still struggling about ten years after the fall of the Soviet Union.(The resplendent location filming during winter helps.) Actually, the movie may be a little nostalgiac for the time before Armenia became independent. At least, the bus service is frequent and there is still hope. [/font]
November 2, 2006
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