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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
March 8, 2012
It's intelligent, well-intentioned, and largely inert.
March 8, 2012
What seems missing is a good notion of how this Albanian society functions on a daily basis. Surely a family cannot live under house arrest forever?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2012
Joshua Marston's film too often feels like an easy parable about the absurdities of a practice that doesn't take much effort to portray as inherently ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2012
More a story of whispers when cries are what's called for with lives, livelihoods and family honor on the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 9, 2012
The plot comes to a quiet boil. Then unfortunately it falls off the stove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2011
It's the pervasive lack of drama that ultimately sinks The Forgiveness of Blood...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2012
Keen insights into an ancient society do not give this film the boost it needs to make an impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 21, 2012
The Forgiveness of Blood never sheds its own sense of strandedness-house arrest, by and large, being a terrible premise for a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
December 21, 2011
We start out hoping that new freedoms will start to cancel out age-old blood feuds, and wind up simply wishing that a cease-fire can be maintained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2012
Director Joshua Marston's sophomore effort shows an intelligence and affinity for an alien landscape, and for decent people pushed into extraordinary circumstances by poverty and traditions beyond their understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 14, 2011
Clash of cultures laid bare in Albanian-set drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
March 23, 2012
The leads -- both non-actors -- hit sharp, natural notes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2012
A work of fiction, based on present-day fact, that's quietly affecting and surprisingly dramatic, so long as you're willing to watch it unfold at its own deliberate pace.
March 12, 2012
Joshua Marston once again demonstrates his affinity for stories of poor people under stress in unglamorous locales.
February 24, 2012
Marston is so caught up in authenticity in settings and dialogue-and does so effectively-that he's less successful at explaining the intricacies of the 15th century rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 24, 2012
It's a classic slow burn, a collection of patiently assembled observational sequences that collectively portrays the psychological toll facing teens under siege.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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