Vodka Lemon (2004)

Vodka Lemon

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


Movie Info

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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lei Dinety, Pauline Gouzenne, Hiner Saleem
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Vodka Lemon

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

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

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
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.

Full Review… | February 24, 2005
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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2005
Denver Post
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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]

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Walter M.

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Ode to every parent whose children disappoint. Ode to englishe language marketing in eastern europe and japan. Ode to snow. Ode to Vodka, the good stuff. Ode to, well, how life totally sucks if your live in a cold Eastern European country. Hit the bottle and try not to turn yellow (stay away from the Russian stuff).

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