When looking at a Iosseliani movie, one immediately think of Jacques Tati. Because of the characters hanging around, passing the time easily, going nowhere specifically... Iosseliani is from Georgia (not the state in the US but the country from the former USSR). It's a very warm country, by the sea! One of its best known pictures (Once Upon a Time There Was A Singing Blackbird) is already about that : a musician passing the time, going from one friend to another or looking at pretty girls passing by! Nothing else to do! And we are so far away from the cold Moscow (more than 2.000 kilometers). Here, we join the world of Pagnol, introducing people finding it is too hot to do anything else ... and passing the time telling stories may be not true at all! But what's the difference? It's better hanging around a shady park than to be a politician!
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