My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi)

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On the evening of her 52nd birthday, Georgian literature teacher Manana unexpectedly announces to her family that she is leaving. She has been married for 30 years and lives in a three-bedroom flat in Tbilisi with her husband, parents, two children and her son-in-law. The members of her family represent three generations and are completely different from each other: Manana's husband Soso (55); their daughter Nino (24), who is married and adores her husband Vakho (27); Manana's son Lasha (20); Manana's mother Lamara (72), the pillar of the family who takes care of everybody; and Manana's father Otar (80), who after a long and exhausting life, dreams of death which seems slow in coming. Initially, the family don't take Manana's decision seriously. But then she packs her suitcase and leaves. The family is shocked and incredulous: where is she going? Who upset her? She is past 'divorce age' after all, and has a good husband who doesn't drink, take drugs or beat her.

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Critic Reviews for My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi)

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  • Georgian writer-director Nana Ekvtimishvili (In Bloom) brings a rare subtlety and sensitivity to this ironically titled domestic drama.

    December 14, 2017 | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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  • [An] enthralling and masterful achievement.

    December 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The scenes with Manana's relatives are masterful presentations of family as an overwhelming experience.

    January 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Remarkable blend of comedy and sadness.

    January 25, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • It may well be the best film I've seen this year.

    January 23, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a simple, somewhat mundane scenario that, in the hands of a terrific cast and two talented filmmakers, is transformed into a minor Greek comic-tragedy, with one fearless woman trying to stave off loved ones who smother her with guilt and affection.

    January 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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