No doubt it's affecting, but Gurchiani hasn't effectively connected the pieces to shape a larger story about Georgian youth.
[A] thoughtful but slow and random snapshot of life in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The experiment isn't more than a slice of life, but at least it's a generous one.
| Original Score: 3/5
A visit to the depressed, rural mire of a nondescript country.
The individual moments in the film can be bleak but compelling, although the overall impact is blunted by a dearth of context or authorial voice.
| Original Score: C+
It ever so subtly zeros in on the extreme particularities of a remote place to find something universal, or at the very least easily comprehensible about despair.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Director Tinatin Gurchiani offers a snapshot of her Georgian homeland, but she also taps into universal concerns about family, separation and identity.
A film less regional than universal in its presentation of the human urge to reshape oneself with others' help.
The film produces moments that catch in the throat, like the man who sheepishly admits he would need rehearsal to laugh on cue. Then he adds, softly, "But cry, no problem."
| Original Score: 3.5/5
There are no Hollywood endings here. There's just the truth, which Gurchiani has proved she's committed to capturing.
Fitfully depressing and bravely open, Gurchiani's film commiserates on life's fleeting and often harrowing destinies...
| Original Score: 4/5
Tinatin Gurchiani's accomplished first feature The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear offers an impressionistic, somewhat poetical view of current life in her native former Soviet territory.
Pure film poetry woven from the daily woes and joy of a most unpoetic people.
The effect of "Machine" is similar to an anthology of short stories woven around a singular setting. Every life in it is a window onto both a unique and shared destiny.
| Original Score: 3/4