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Since Otar Left Reviews

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Nick Dawson
Empire Magazine
June 4, 2004
Director Julie Bertucelli's film works so well because of its adherence to the basics of good writing and strong acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 3, 2004
A story full of gentle grace notes and keen-eyed observation, writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's first feature is at turns funny, sweet, sad, trenchant and telling.
| Original Score: 4/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
June 2, 2004
Paced slowly and deliberately, 'Since Otar Left' nonetheless provides sufficient narrative drive to sustain interest in the outcome.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 28, 2004
Wonderful family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 28, 2004
What's most memorable about the film is the performances of the three women. They transform ordinary lives into a kind of domestic poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
May 28, 2004
Seek out this quiet gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 25, 2004
Although the premise is rather obvious, and at times a little too full of its own whimsy, the portrayal of the women is very incisive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 21, 2004
Since Otar Left could have played to broad comedy. Or it could have played to tearjerker sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 21, 2004
Bertucelli has some pace problems -- the pokey movie is at least 15 minutes longer than it needs to be -- but she structures the story intelligently and cinematically.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 21, 2004
In her first film, Julie Bertuccelli shows a pinpointed eye and a sweet gift for intimacy.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 16, 2004
...an insightful look at how three generations of women cope with changing times. Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch leaves one with a feeling of wistful hope.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
May 14, 2004
It makes its points quietly, with sorrow and humor and a rich palette of human emotions that transcend language and culture and nationality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 14, 2004
A small film of surpassing beauty and sadness.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2004
It's a wonderful film with a love of intimacy, an eye for potent small moments that can go by unobserved and a willingness to explore the emotional complications of family relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2004
The kind of small film ... that expands our understanding of the emotional economy of family life, with its ebb and flow of love and hostility, secrecy and egregious candor.
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
May 2, 2004
The wonder in this film lies the in performances, so wonderfully acted that these women never seem less than real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 30, 2004
Bertuccelli's heartfelt film affords a unique peek into the hearts and minds of a generation who, after having been awakened from the lie they'd been living all their lives, must now face the aftermath of an entire nation's failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 30, 2004
The mulish and loving maternal sway of Eta is felt in every one of the film's lovingly articulated frames, thanks to the magnificently expressive performance of the 90-year-old Gorintin.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 30, 2004
All three actresses are wonderful, but the picture belongs to the commanding Gorintin.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 30, 2004
Hands down the most heart-rending French film to be released in the U.S. in the last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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