Since Otar Left (2003)
"Depuis qu'Otar est parti..." (original title)

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The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died ... See full summary »


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Nino Khomasuridze ...
Dinara Drukarova ...
Temur Kalandadze ...
Tengiz (as Temour Kalandadze)
Rusudan Bolkvadze ...
Rusiko (as Roussoudan Bolkvadze)
Sasha Sarishvili ...
Alexi (as Sacha Sarichvili)
Duta Skhirtladze ...
Niko (as Douta Skhirtladze)
Abdellah Moundy ...
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Mzia Eristavi ...
Misha Eristavi ...
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Zoura Natrochvili ...
Voisin (Mika)
Alexandre Makhorablichvili ...
Micha Moudjiri ...
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Jacques Fleury ...
Homme d'affaire 1
Frédéric Payen ...
Homme d'affaire 2


The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her mother, changing the course of their lives forever. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A subtle story of a lie for love that changes the lives of three women of different generations in today's Georgia. See more »




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A Household of Women Faces the Big Lie and Little Ones
30 May 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Since Otar Left (Depuis qu'Otar est parti...)" deals heartbreakingly humanistically with many of the same political and family issues that "Goodbye, Lenin!" treats for humor -- today's ironic adjustment to capitalism in former U.S.S.R. satellites, the cross-generational responsibilities of those who lived under the Big Lies, and filial love.

With dialogue in French, Georgian, and Russian, debut writer/directer Julie Bertucelli focuses on a Francophile household of an earthy grandmother, mother, and daughter in Georgia and their relationships to the dead, absent, and present men who are satellites in their lives.

While there's reminders of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Last Leaf," not a single character is a cliche or dumb and none of their decisions is predictable. The audience literally holds its breath to see each woman's reactions as their emotional predicaments get more complicated in a weave of their own making.

The actresses, from 21 to 90 years old, brilliantly convey the complex emotional see saw.

A simply beautiful movie that's one of the best of the year.

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