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once is not nearly enough
magicshoe23 February 2001
I caught this extraordinary think-piece in a rep house (remember them?) in the late '80s -- and was struck by how such a tremendous film could be so little-known. In following the complex activities of a bunch of seemingly-unrelated Parisians, Soviet-Georgian-born director Otar Iosseliani does indeed suggest a world wider than any one city could contain. It's like watching a beehive, with a cast of crazies and/or criminals buzzing around manically, mostly missing one another but occasionally intersecting. In this, Favorites of the Moon somewhat recalls Nashville, Short Cuts, and Magnolia -- yet Iosseliani is less interested in "explaining" and tying-up loose ends than either Altman or Anderson. He just presents these people and their peculiar doings (some of which are very, very funny), then lets viewers figure it all out for themselves. Fascinating!

In fact, the only complaint I have about Favorites of the Moon is how difficult it is to find!
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Moonlighter's Luck
JustApt16 October 2009
Otar Iosseliani's films are like huge patchworks sewed out of minute urban scenes. The title of this movie is based on Falstaff's remark from the play King Henry IV by William Shakespeare: "Let not us that are squires of the night's body be called thieves of the day's beauty: let us be Diana's foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the Moon." Favourites of the Moon is a quilt of underworld activities and associations of the criminal world with the world ordinary. This splendid comedy is permeated with delicate irony and it shows so many curious aspects of city life. Otar Iosseliani is one in the top dozen of my most favourite directors.
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dkzzzz4 May 2001
Very French very lucid and sexy.

One of my favorite films. Could be watched over and over again. I find something new every time I watch it. Brilliant, simply brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!
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sample of perfection in cinematography
goryn1 December 1998
I could see this masterpiece again and again. No matter I have already seen it five times, probably. This is not just some characters, France, 1980's. Indeed, it gives kaleidoscopic picture of the Universe. You get into it, and you just enjoy it. Must see.
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One of the best films ever made.
Alexande7 September 1998
Iosseliani in this film takes Robert Bresson's great approach to cinema yet to a higher level. An amazing film, a must see.
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Stay away from it.
Anton Chernyavsky2 September 2017
OK, this film is terrible. There are just a few far-fetched reasons why someone would like it. It got an award at Venice International Film Festival (that must mean something, right? RIGHT?) It has a decent portrayal of the 80ies, so if you are feeling nostalgic, it might do the trick. And it has an unorthodox approach of not having a conventional story per se, but rather mixes up a bunch of different characters, tying them up a little as time goes on.

Other than that this film is a disaster. Most of the characters are terribly miscast. Most of the time they are walking around or talking with pretty much zero emotions. There is no character introduction or development whatsoever. Some scenes are so cheesy they are painful to look at (ie the scene of a bomb selling gone wrong).

Trying to figure out any sense in this mess is a lost cause, but I'm sure there are people who will find it anywhere given enough time and motivation. Don't listen to them.
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