Vodka Lemon (2004)

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

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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.
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NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Ivan Franek
as Dilovan
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Critic Reviews for Vodka Lemon

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
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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
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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.

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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Audience Reviews for Vodka Lemon

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Darkly funny. Worth a look.

TTT C
TTT C

This is a very slow movie. It is really hard to get into it. You either can or can't. If you can't you will probably hate the film. I actually enjoyed the story and the dialog used. The cast was fun and entertaining. But like I said, the movie is slow. I believe that is why it was hard for me to give it a great rating. But the whole concept of how these people live in this little town seemed to amaze me.

Paul Celano
Paul Celano
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This is a very slow movie. It is really hard to get into it. You either can or can't. If you can't you will probably hate the film. I actually enjoyed the story and the dialog used. The cast was fun and entertaining. But like I said, the movie is slow. I believe that is why it was hard for me to give it a great rating. But the whole concept of how these people live in this little town seemed to amaze me.

Paul Celano
Paul Celano

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