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Release Date:
17 September 2003 (France) See more »
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For a mother, a sister and a niece, nothing is the same . . . Since Otar Left [UK Quad Poster] See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Accurate depiction of Post-Soviet decline and emotional regeneration See more (28 total) »

Cast

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Esther Gorintin ... Eka
Nino Khomasuridze ... Marina
Dinara Drukarova ... Ada
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 ... Le berbère (as Abdallah Moundy)
Mzia Eristavi ... Dora
Misha Eristavi ... Fils Dora
Zoura Natrochvili ... Voisin (Mika)
Alexandre Makhorablichvili ... Fonctionnaire
Micha Moudjiri ... Directeur usine
Jacques Fleury ... Homme d'affaire 1
Frédéric Payen ... Homme d'affaire 2
Manon Abacjodze ... Postière 1
Manana Taralachvili ... Postière 2
Irina Toukhoulova ... Professuer fac
Médéa Roinichvili ... Voisine
Iago Demetrachvili ... Père Alexi
Gotcha Darbaidze ... Otar en photo
Vaja Jalagania ... Photographe
Malamine Sissokho ... Chauffeur taxi
Sarah Chaumette ... Hôtesse de l'air

Directed by
Julie Bertuccelli 
 
Writing credits
Julie Bertuccelli (written by) &
Bernard Renucci (written by)

Roger Bohbot (adaptation)

Alda Engoian (translation) and
Gotcha Djavakhichvili (translation) and
Miguel Machalski (translation)

Produced by
Sébastien Delloye .... co-producer: Entre Chien et loup
Diana Elbaum .... co-producer: Entre Chien et loup
Yael Fogiel .... producer
Laetitia Gonzalez .... associate producer
Jana Sardlishvili .... executive producer: Studio 99 (as Jana Sardlichvili)
 
Cinematography by
Christophe Pollock 
 
Film Editing by
Emmanuelle Castro 
 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
 
Costume Design by
Nathalie Raoul 
 
Makeup Department
Msia Kentshiashvili .... hair stylist (as Mzia Kentchiachvili)
Msia Kentshiashvili .... makeup artist (as Mzia Kentchiachvili)
Françoise Ben Soussan .... hair stylist: Paris
Françoise Ben Soussan .... makeup artist: Paris
 
Production Management
Reza Boirahmady .... assistant unit manager
Sylvie Caillabet .... post-production manager
Mat Troi Day .... production manager
Adam Marchand .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Philippe Moreteau .... assistant unit manager
Regis Saillard .... unit manager (as Régis Saillard)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elsa Amiel .... second assistant director: Paris
Marine Kulumbegashvili .... first assistant director (as Marina Kouloumbegachvili)
Gabriele Roux .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bruno Albanti .... assistant set decorator: Paris
Besarion Gelashvili .... assistant art director (as Bessarion Guelachvili)
Gia Laperadze .... assistant art director (as Guia Laperadze)
Virginie Noël .... set decorator: Paris
Mamuka Tkeshelashvili .... set designer (as Mamouka Tkechelachvili)
 
Sound Department
Thomas Gauder .... sound mixer
Aline Gavroy .... foley recording mixer
Olivier Goinard .... sound editor
Olivier Goinard .... supervising sound editor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Xavier Marsais .... foley artist & post-synchronization recording
Henri Morelle .... sound
Stéphane Morelle .... sound assistant
Arnaud Rolland .... assistant sound editor
Arnaud Rolland .... sound editor
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist (as Philippe Van Leer)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arnand Cousin .... electrician: Paris
Lucilio Da Costa Pais .... electrician
Eric Lesage .... electrician
Cyril Liberman .... camera operator (as Cyrille Liberman)
Olivier Regent .... chief electrician (as Olivier Régent)
 
Casting Department
Marion Touitou .... casting: children
Isabelle Ungaro .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolores Gonzalez .... wardrobe (as Dolorès Gonzalez)
Keti Palavandishvili .... wardrobe (as Ketty Palavandichvili)
Filippa Russo .... chief costumer
 
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... grader
Julie Delord .... assistant editor
Thomas Glaser .... assistant editor
Bruno Patin .... color timer
 
Music Department
Dato Evgenidze .... composer: song "Poissons"
Vladimir Spivakov .... musician: piano for Pärt's "Spiegel im Spiegel"
 
Other crew
Samantha Mialet .... production assistant
Maria Moutot-Tolomio .... location manager
Sandrine Pillon .... production assistant
Els Rastelli .... script supervisor
Rémi Roy .... administrator
Martine Vidalenc .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Jean-Louis Bertuccelli .... thanks
Emmanuel Finkiel .... thanks
Otar Iosseliani .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Depuis qu'Otar est parti..." - France (original title)
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103 min
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Is this film based on Argentine writer Julio Cortazar's short story "The Health of the Sick"? Plot too close!
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Accurate depiction of Post-Soviet decline and emotional regeneration, 17 May 2005
Author: zhenca from Poland

"Depuis qu'Otar est parti" is a very personal, I would even say, miniature story about very ordinary people, living in far less than glamorous conditions in faraway Georgia. If you are after that small-scale retrospective type of cinema art, you will enjoy the film because it portrays character development and relationship between three female protagonist very well - with deep insight and savvy.

But apart from being a solid and interesting drama that leads its characters through emotional debris to internal grit and, finally, to some glimpse of hope (for how, read other comments or better watch it), this film signifies for me, a native of the former USSR, a far broader and more intimate picture of the material and emotional decline in post-Soviet countries after the communist collapse.

Deteriorated poor Georgia and emotional confusion of the people was so authentic that I thought the film was shot by a native Georgian (Otar Iosselianni even crossed my mind) and was surprised to learn in the captions that a French director had actually made it. So real and natural was the depiction not only of the Georgian family's life with all those outdated interiors and city landscapes but also of the characters' psychological state, their behavior, their little skirmishes and caring relationship with each other. The film felt like being shot by a true Georgian, who loves and appreciates those quirky ways and habits of her fellow countrymen. The desolate state of mind, entanglement in those little ordinary lies looked also so familiar, reminding of the life in mid-90s Russia and today's reality in many backward provinces and republics of the former USSR.

I guess I should re-think my notion that only native artists can impart authenticity to the portrayal of national character and spirit on screen.

Kudos to Ms Bertucelli for capturing this murky but also hopeful Zeitgeist of the lost epoch!!!

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