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An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

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Nica
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Bidzina Gujabidze ...
Dato
Tali Pitakhelauri ...
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Tako Pitakhelauri ...
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Ani Kushashvili ...
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Kati Jamarjashvili ...
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Nino Pitakhelauri ...
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Khatia Kushashvili ...
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Taira Pitakshelauri ...
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Amiran Gudrshauri ...
Kebab Seller
Joni Khueishivili ...
Drunk Man
Dato Taiklauri ...
Dancing Guy
Lado Gudushauri ...
Dancing Guy
Gin Takiklauri ...
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An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

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$15,689 (USA) (26 October 2012)

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$128,519 (USA) (14 December 2012)
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Dato: You always have a goat with sheep. Goat is very smart and sheep is stupid. And sheep follow goat. If goat fall of rock, sheep fall too.
Nica: So, we are sheep?
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Where we learn it's where you don't want to be.
6 April 2014 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

The title was intriguing and sufficient for me to see this movie. An added impetus was a review I'd read in a major online media outlet. The bonus was - once again - seeing Gael Garcia Bernal: now as Alex, a back packer paired with Hani Furstenberg as Nica, his companion and soon wife-to-be. The overarching pleasure was the sublime scenery of the Georgian steppes where the movie was made.

This is a visual story. There is minimum dialog, much of which is in Georgian (or some other language) that remains un-translated for viewers; which means you must carefully watch body language and context to elicit meaning. Only Nica and Alex maintain sporadic discussion and conversation (in English mostly) about what they are doing, thinking and planning. The remainder - much of the movie - is silent except for the sounds of solitary silence and an enigmatically plaintive score which is most often used with long static takes where little happens. Or so it would seem to the unwary viewer.

After much walking, watching, listening and occasional talking, the back-packers and their guide, Dato (Bidzina Gudjabidze) suddenly meet another party of local people. A long conversation ensues between Dato and an older man of the other group. Suddenly and violently, a shocking act occurs which fundamentally alters the relationship between Nica and Alex. Thereafter, the mood, tone and truth of their relationship remains in visually serious jeopardy until the enigmatic end. Indeed, one could argue their relationship was gone, lost, even dead absolutely. But, the viewer cannot be certain.

There are few movies like this one; which means very few will watch it through - perhaps in a similar way that few viewers found favor with Gerry (2002) in which two guys get lost in a wilderness and walk, and walk, and walk... but where one dies. Which metaphorically mirrors the perilous strain of the Alex-Nica relationship during the second and final act: Is mutual trust destroyed? Is love gone? Will the couple marry? The final scene leaves much to each viewer's interpretation and opinion.

For me, the best aspect of the story is that much is said without words; which attests to excellent acting and direction. That should not disappoint the viewer - simply because in our each-daily interactions with others, we all rely at times upon a look, a gesture, a hint, a murmur, a cough or other non-verbal signal to communicate with a loved one. And look - truly look: if the walking tests your patience, just take in the gorgeous grandeur of the Georgian geography. And enjoy....

And why The Loneliest Planet? Well, surely, that's the planet where you're all alone. Who ever wants to go there?

Give this one eight out of ten. Recommended for all.

April 6th, 2014.


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