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The Forgiveness of Blood Reviews

June 19, 2013
The film shows us trenchantly that law often lags behind deep-grained custom.
August 7, 2012
[A] low-key tale of life in rural Albania.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
March 23, 2012
The leads -- both non-actors -- hit sharp, natural notes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2012
Tradition can be dangerous as well as dumb. "The Forgiveness of Blood" is about a modern kid in an old-world society. It's a terrible fit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 9, 2012
It's a thriller that feels like a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 8, 2012
Marston artfully uses handheld cameras and natural light and has a nice eye for compositions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2012
A satisfying, psychologically complex tale of a teenager caught in a blood feud in the craggy countryside of Albania.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 8, 2012
"The Forgiveness of Blood'' works as a subtle but insistent metaphor for a modern generation trapped by the shibboleths of their elders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 24, 2012
An immersive look at the power of archaic traditions to sabotage a transitioning culture.
February 24, 2012
The film's director, Joshua Marston, is American, but, as in his previous film, Maria Full of Grace, about a Colombian girl who accepts a job as a drug smuggler, he does a commendable job of immersing himself in a foreign culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 24, 2012
A suspenseful work using nonprofessional actors and co-written with an Albanian filmmaker...
Full Review | 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.
February 23, 2012
The Albanian tradition of blood feuds partly inspired Mr. Marston to make this story, yet what gives it shape are the more familiar conventions of the classic art film, including narrative ambiguity, ellipses and silence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
February 23, 2012
There is so much to admire in Joshua Marston's "The Forgiveness of Blood" that it's easy to overlook the miracle at its center: Marston's artistic idealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 22, 2012
Joshua Marston once again distinguishes himself as a filmmaker serious about understanding lives a world away from his own.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 21, 2012
The result is a film of great humanity that reveals Albania as a primitive region struggling to bridge the gap between medieval European customs and the tide of progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
February 21, 2012
Marston demonstrated his ability to sustain almost unbearable dramatic tension in his debut feature film, Maria Full of Grace. His sophomore effort, The Forgiveness of Blood, illustrates an impressive deepening of that skill.
February 13, 2012
[A] compelling film touching on the perils of being young-that's it, merely young-in a culture without justice.
September 14, 2011
It's a strong premise, and Marston has clearly worked hard to get the traditions of Old World Albanian culture right.
Full Review | Original Score: B-