The Forgiveness of Blood Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
The film shows us trenchantly that law often lags behind deep-grained custom.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 13, 2013
The fascinating pic is filled with eye-pleasing location shots.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
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
Philip French
Observer [UK]
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.

This is London
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
Phil Hoad
Guardian
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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 9, 2012
The plot comes to a quiet boil. Then unfortunately it falls off the stove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
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
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
August 9, 2012
Sticks with you, even though the ending is not entirely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Miles Fielder
The List
August 8, 2012
[A] compelling foreign language drama that unfolds beyond the borders of the First World.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 7, 2012
[A] low-key tale of life in rural Albania.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
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.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
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
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 30, 2012
A heartbreaking Albanian film that counts the toll a family feud takes on all involved.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 23, 2012
The leads -- both non-actors -- hit sharp, natural notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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