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The Forgiveness of Blood Reviews

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September 18, 2017
I'd have opened a vein if it had only stopped the interminable The Forgiveness of Blood.
June 19, 2013
The film shows us trenchantly that law often lags behind deep-grained custom.
March 13, 2013
The fascinating pic is filled with eye-pleasing location shots.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 9, 2012
It's a searing portrait of a dangerous generational divide that ruins lives, told with a gentle touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2012
Has an earthy whiff of authenticity. But it's seriously lacking in incident and dramatic drive. Admirable work by British cinematographer Rob Hardy, though.
August 10, 2012
A slow but totally authentic-looking film with an excellent cast, not all of whom are professionals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 9, 2012
Joshua Marston hops on another subculture - Albanian blood feuds - and operates sensitively once again in the space between 21st-century ethnographer and enlightened genre director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 9, 2012
The plot comes to a quiet boil. Then unfortunately it falls off the stove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2012
This dark and dismal Albanian drama has some admirable performances but ultimately, the film itself lacks any real spark and becomes a little self-pitying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 9, 2012
Sticks with you, even though the ending is not entirely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2012
[A] compelling foreign language drama that unfolds beyond the borders of the First World.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 7, 2012
[A] low-key tale of life in rural Albania.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2012
Even if it lacks a stand-out turn it's still a grippingly authentic slice of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 24, 2012
Runs deepest as a vicious twist on the coming-of-age teen movie and when it offers up small moments within its near-mythic feud. Here, revenge is a dish served hot-blooded. It's the sharp slaps of betrayal and yearnings for the impossible that chill.
April 29, 2012
Without resorting to didactic exposition, Marston manages to teach us a great deal about Albanian law and custom, and to make this utterly foreign culture explicable to popcorn-munching American moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
April 4, 2012
Joshua Marston's follow-up to his stunning Maria Full of Grace debut gets high marks for nice performances and immersion into a remote Albanian village, but narrative deficiencies render it a disappointment.
March 30, 2012
...honors the virtues of small-town life as well as the beauty of the Albanian countryside, without being blind to the potentially tragic outcomes of adherence to a rigid code of honor.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 30, 2012
A memorable portrait of a society and the demands it makes on those caught up in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 30, 2012
We don't see any blood, or much forgiveness either, but we do witness something far more resonant - a young generation caught between the rock of tradition and the hard place of modernity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 30, 2012
A heartbreaking Albanian film that counts the toll a family feud takes on all involved.
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