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Since Otar Left Reviews

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2003
Since Otar Left is meant to play out like a fable, but Bertuccelli's direction isn't nimble enough to carry it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 25, 2004
Since Otar Left tells a story of conventional melodrama, and makes it extraordinary because of the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
August 18, 2004
You feel like you're watching a real family traipse through an uncertain world instead of actors creating relationships on the spot.
| Original Score: A-
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.
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David Stratton
April 27, 2004
Julie Bertuccelli's very beautiful first feature is suffused with indelible humanist values and emotions.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 9, 2004
Bertuccelli neatly unpacks these three women's burdened lives and leaves us with a haunting souvenir-the last scene is a shimmering revelation.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 6, 2004
It is a film that understands women, but more importantly, understands life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 12, 2003
Since Otar Left deftly conveys the unsettling and painful things that can happen in the family circle even when individuals are only trying to act out of love.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 24, 2004
There's a wonderful depth that transcends the simple plot and extremely slow-paced storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kent Turner
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
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 16, 2004 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+
Arthur Lazere
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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 4, 2003
Since Otar Left sustains a perfect balance of pathos, humor and a clear-headed realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 27, 2004
If Otar is, finally, a mite thin and predictably structured, that takes little away from the filmmaker and her cast, who work hard at fashioning the most outlandish special effect of all: believable human life.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2004
Drawing on her documentary training, the director distills complex meaning into such perfectly chosen gestures as a foot rubbed, a cigarette smoked, a shampoo interrupted when (with post-Soviet-era regularity) the water fails.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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Jan Stuart
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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 28, 2004
Wonderful family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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October 18, 2008
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 26, 2004
J. Robert Parks
Looking Closer
December 19, 2004

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 12, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2005
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