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The Forgiveness of Blood (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 September 2011 (Albania)
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An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that makes eldest son Nik a prime target and forces his sister, eldest daughter Rudina, to leave school in order to take over the family business.

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Nik
Refet Abazi ...
Mark
Zana Hasaj ...
Bardha
Erjon Mani ...
Tom
Luan Jaha ...
Zef
Çun Lajçi ...
Ded
Veton Osmani ...
Sokol
Zefir 'Bep' Bushati ...
Valmir
Selman Lokaj ...
Kreshnik
Kol Zefi ...
Shpend
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Ilire Vinca Celaj ...
Drita
Esmeralda Gjonlulaj ...
Bora
Elsajed Tallalli ...
Dren
Ibrahim Ymeri ...
School Director
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This film centers on a family in Albania, with main characters Rudina, the oldest daughter, and Nik, the oldest son. Both have a pretty normal life. Rudina is an A-student in high school hoping to continue on at university; Nik, very popular, is just falling in love with a classmate while dreaming of opening a business with a friend. Their father earns the family's income through a little bread delivery service, for which he shortcuts across his neighbours' ground. The neighbour resents this, even though the ground had actually once belonged to Rudina's and Nik's family. One day the conflict escalates and the neighbour gets killed by Rudina's and Nik's father and their uncle. Because the police only catch their uncle while their father successfully goes into hiding, the old law of blood feud is invoked against the family, whereby all males enter into virtual house arrest. Since only the women of the family can leave, Rudina has to quit school to continue her father's bread delivery ... Written by Anonymous

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El perdón de la sangre  »

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$26,724 (USA) (26 February 2012)

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$119,683 (USA) (8 April 2012)
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Potentially interesting but slow moving yawn-a-thon
12 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is again one of important subject matter that was handled in a very low-key way. It reminded me of the pace of "Of Gods and Men", it didn't hold your attention - not enough stuff happens in it - and this is a shame because it's a film about Albanian blood feuds, and the history behind them.

It felt like a documentary and the acting was too subdued, although the actors were not experienced. Lots of yawning from a guy behind me suggested it wasn't capturing peoples imagination due to the snail's pace of each scene and conversation, hardly any incidental music - a very soporific 1 hour 50 mins.

It's also garnered loads of awards?


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