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A drama that's both funny and moving.
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Bertuccelli tackles Since Otar Left... with the kind of ambitious imagination that makes one marvel at a natural filmmaker's unexpected and original choices.
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.
This emotionally rich situation is played for all its worth by the entire cast, but the standout is Gorintin.
It is a film that understands women, but more importantly, understands life.
Otar and Lenin make terrific bookends on the post-communist experience for average citizens.
Whatever film acting is about -- technique, presence or truth-telling -- [Esther Gorintin] got it.
La principal fortaleza del film, además de la atenta mirada y la sensibilidad de Bertuccelli, es ese impecable trío de actrices.
Bertuccelli neatly unpacks these three women's burdened lives and leaves us with a haunting souvenir-the last scene is a shimmering revelation.
Bertuccelli convinces us of her capability of sketching portraits of incredible characters that are credible.
A showcase for three very talented actresses.
...deliberately paced but always interesting...
You feel like you're watching a real family traipse through an uncertain world instead of actors creating relationships on the spot.
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.
[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]"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]
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