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My Grandmother (1929)

Chemi bebia (original title)
The protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, gets the sack for his bureaucratic idleness, and learns that the way back into the job market depends on getting a letter of recommendation from a "grandmother".

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Credited cast:
Aleksandre Takaishvili ...
The Bureaucrat (as A. Takaishvili)
Bella Chernova ...
The Bureaucrat's Wife
E. Ovanov ...
The Doorman
Akaki Khorava ...
Labourer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikhail Abesadze ...
(as M. Abesadze)
G. Absaliamova
K. Lavretski
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The protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, gets the sack for his bureaucratic idleness, and learns that the way back into the job market depends on getting a letter of recommendation from a "grandmother".

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Imaginative, innovative, amazing!
19 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film that works on so many levels. As a farce, it's up there with Charlie Chaplin or Monsieur Hulot. It's really funny. The score is absolutely brilliant. The acting is top-notch. As a satire on corruption and bureaucracy, it hits the nail on the head. The elements of surrealism work tremendously well in acting, sets and scenes: just extreme enough to make the point well without losing touch with the underlying reality. Through all this, key themes are maintained. The director also plays effortlessly with gender, age and hierarchical roles, switching and undermining them relentlessly. Innovative film techniques, too, are used exceptionally well: puppetry, collage, distortion plus many more. One could doubtless see this film a dozen times and still find something new. I unreservedly recommend this film!


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