Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Since Otar Left...

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
102 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/09/04
performer
Esther Gorintin, Dinara Drukarova, Nino Khomasuridze
director
Julie Bertucelli
distributor
Zeitgeist Films
author
Julie Bertucelli
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Otar has really departed in the superb family drama Since Otar Left…. His aged mother back in Tbilisi (mesmerizing, 90-year-old Esther Gorintin) thinks her beloved son is working in Paris, but the resentful daughter (Nino Khomassouridze) and restless granddaughter (Dinara Droukarova) with whom she shares a flat know a far more tragic truth. Should they tell?

Lies are sustained out of itchy bonds of love in this striking feature debut by Julie Bertuccelli, and bickering coexists at ease with intimacy. 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.

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST