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Repentance (1984)

Monanieba (original title)
The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden and is secretly reburied. But the corpse keeps returning, and the ... See full summary »

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Varlam Aravidze / Abel Aravidze
Ia Ninidze ...
Guliko (as Iya Ninidze)
Zeinab Botsvadze ...
Ketevan Barateli
Ketevan Abuladze ...
Nino Barateli
David Giorgobiani ...
Sandro Barateli (as Edisher Giorgobiani)
Kakhi Kavsadze ...
Mikheil Koresheli
Merab Ninidze ...
Tornike
Nino Zakariadze ...
Elene Korisheli (as Nino Zaqariadze)
Nano Ochigava ...
Ketevan as a child
Boris Tsipuria
Akaki Khidasheli
Leo Antadze ...
(as Levan Antadze)
Rezo Esadze
Mzia Makhviladze ...
(as M. Makhazadze)
Amiran Amiranashvili
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The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden and is secretly reburied. But the corpse keeps returning, and the police eventually capture a local woman, who is accused of digging it up. She says that Varlam should never be laid to rest because he was responsible for a Stalin-like reign of terror that led to the disappearance of many of her friends... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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March 1987 (Soviet Union)  »

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$215,496 (USA)
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Movie was ready for release in 1984, but it was banned until 1987 (premiere in Cannes). See more »

Goofs

In the surrealist scene where the painter (Sandro Barateli) and the disgraced official (Mikheil Koresheli) meet and Mikheil explains the absurd charges for which he is being tried, a jet airplane can be heard passing overhead. See more »

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Ketevan Barateli: Evening, spring, and shadows clumping, On the branch a bird is jumping. May a new dream me enfold.
Tornike: Moon has waned Earth to behold. I'm Tornike Aravidze, Varlam Aravidze's grandson.
Ketevan Barateli: What do you want?
Tornike: I came... I came to ask your forgiveness.
Ketevan Barateli: I'm not the G-d to give absolution.
Tornike: I fired at you. I'm a murderer.
Ketevan Barateli: Oh G-d, what a fateful star I was born under, if I have made even you, an innocent boy, a murderer? Evening, spring, and shadows clumping, On the branch a bird is jumping.
Tornike: Are you making fun...
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Ode to Joy
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Cinema at its best
9 April 1999 | by (Mad City, WI) – See all my reviews

A very philosophical movie with easily traceable references to Stalin and Beria but still a general study in tyranny and victimization, beautifully filmed and masterly acted.


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