Since Otar Left

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A drama that's both funny and moving.

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Elderly Eka (Esther Gorintin) lives with her daughter, Marina (Nino Khomasuridze), and granddaughter Ada (Dinara Drukarova) in a depressed Georgian city. Eka spends most of her time thinking about her son, Otar, who communicates with her via letters from Paris. When Marina learns that Otar has died, she enlists Ada to continue writing to Eka, as Otar, to save her mother the grief of losing her son. The situation becomes complicated, though, when Eka says she intends to visit Otar in France.

Cast & Crew

Duta Skhirladze
Niko
Yael Fogiel
Producer
Laetitia Gonzalez
Associate Producer
Diana Elbaum
Co-Producer
Antoine Duhamel
Music
Christophe Pollock
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Nathalie Raoul
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Critic Reviews for Since Otar Left

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (2)

  • Bertuccelli tackles Since Otar Left... with the kind of ambitious imagination that makes one marvel at a natural filmmaker's unexpected and original choices.

    November 12, 2004 | Rating: 4/4
  • 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.

    August 27, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This emotionally rich situation is played for all its worth by the entire cast, but the standout is Gorintin.

    August 19, 2004 | Rating: B+
  • It is a film that understands women, but more importantly, understands life.

    August 6, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Otar and Lenin make terrific bookends on the post-communist experience for average citizens.

    August 6, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Whatever film acting is about -- technique, presence or truth-telling -- [Esther Gorintin] got it.

    August 6, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Since Otar Left

  • Mar 13, 2011
    Not a bad movie by any means, but I wouldn't go around recommending it either. It follows the story of three women who are in different stages of life, and live together and are challenged by the new world order...democracy. All three women do a great job acting out their parts, and extra praise must be given to the oldest of the three. I thought it was ok, but found nothing ground-breaking or cutting edge regarding the film.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic]"Since Otar Left" takes place in the former Soviet republic of Georgia which is not quite in complete working order. It is full of rolling blackouts and bureaucratic breakdowns. Elderly Eka(Esther Gorintin), middle-aged Marina(Nino Khomasuridze) and student Ada(Dinara Drukarova) are three generations who live in the same apartment. Marina's brother, Otar, is a doctor who is illegally working as a construction worker in Paris. Suddenly, they receive a phone call that he has died in an accident. Marina with a little help from Ada conspires to keep the news from Eka.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Since Otar Left" is a wonderfully subtle look as to why people emigrate. Individual freedoms do not mean as much if your standard of living has greatly decreased.(Things have not generally improved since Georgia's independence.) So, if a person can make more money and live better as a construction worker in Paris, than as a doctor in Georgia, then why not relocate? And the ending is great, too. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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