Vodka Lemon

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 30


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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.


Critic Reviews for Vodka Lemon

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (2)

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

    Jun 3, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    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.

    Apr 22, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Hiner Saleem has created a magical movie that veers, even within scenes, from love story to tragedy to comic relief.

    Feb 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Manages to chill our bones while delighting that part of us that relishes absurdity.

    Jan 7, 2005 | Rating: B
  • 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.

    Jan 7, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • A thematically bleak yet subtly comic film.

    Dec 24, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vodka Lemon

  • Nov 02, 2006
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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