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Since Otar Left Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 12, 2004
Bertuccelli tackles Since Otar Left... with the kind of ambitious imagination that makes one marvel at a natural filmmaker's unexpected and original choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 27, 2004
The finely crafted film shows the complex needs and anxieties of a three-generation family living in a country that has undergone dramatic political and cultural changes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 19, 2004
This emotionally rich situation is played for all its worth by the entire cast, but the standout is Gorintin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 6, 2004
It is a film that understands women, but more importantly, understands life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 6, 2004
Otar and Lenin make terrific bookends on the post-communist experience for average citizens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 6, 2004
Whatever film acting is about -- technique, presence or truth-telling -- [Esther Gorintin] got it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 25, 2004
Since Otar Left tells a story of conventional melodrama, and makes it extraordinary because of the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
June 24, 2004
A film, in which fictional characters become human by talking as real people really talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2004
A moving family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 3, 2004
A story full of gentle grace notes and keen-eyed observation, writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's first feature is at turns funny, sweet, sad, trenchant and telling.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 28, 2004
Wonderful family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 26, 2004
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 21, 2004
Since Otar Left could have played to broad comedy. Or it could have played to tearjerker sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
A small film of surpassing beauty and sadness.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2004
It's a wonderful film with a love of intimacy, an eye for potent small moments that can go by unobserved and a willingness to explore the emotional complications of family relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2004
The kind of small film ... that expands our understanding of the emotional economy of family life, with its ebb and flow of love and hostility, secrecy and egregious candor.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 30, 2004
The mulish and loving maternal sway of Eta is felt in every one of the film's lovingly articulated frames, thanks to the magnificently expressive performance of the 90-year-old Gorintin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 30, 2004
All three actresses are wonderful, but the picture belongs to the commanding Gorintin.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 29, 2004
Ms. Bertuccelli's direction is singularly graceful in allotting enough space to each of her three co-protagonists without tearing apart the fabric of familial solidarity.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2004
Drawing on her documentary training, the director distills complex meaning into such perfectly chosen gestures as a foot rubbed, a cigarette smoked, a shampoo interrupted when (with post-Soviet-era regularity) the water fails.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Stratton
Variety
April 27, 2004
Julie Bertuccelli's very beautiful first feature is suffused with indelible humanist values and emotions.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 27, 2004
If Otar is, finally, a mite thin and predictably structured, that takes little away from the filmmaker and her cast, who work hard at fashioning the most outlandish special effect of all: believable human life.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 4, 2003
Since Otar Left sustains a perfect balance of pathos, humor and a clear-headed realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 14, 2003
Almost unbearably moving at times, Julie Betuccelli's simple but sublime debut feature presents a portrait of maternal love and female fortitude that will reduce the stoniest of viewers to tears.