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Tangerines -- Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that might transcend ethnic divides.


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War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lembit Ulfsak ... Ivo

Giorgi Nakashidze ... Ahmed (as Giorgi Nakhashidze)
Elmo Nüganen ... Margus
Misha Meskhi ... Nika (as Mikhail Meskhi)
Raivo Trass ... Juhan
Zura Begalishvili ... Aslan (as Zurab Begalishvili)
Dato Khakhidze ... Aslan's Soldier (as David Khakhidze)
Jano Izoria ... Aslan's Soldier
Gia Gogishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Vamekh Jangidze ... Aslan's Soldier
Aleko Begalishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Temo Khutsishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Giorgi Tsaava ... Officer (as George Tsaava)
Denis Khlibov ... Soldier
Victor Gegeshidze ... Soldier (as Viktor Gegeshidze)
Genadi Levchenko ... Soldier
Kakha Arevadze ... Ibragim
Ann-Heliin Saadoja ... Mari

Directed by
Zaza Urushadze 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zaza Urushadze  writer

Produced by
Ivo Felt .... producer
Tatjana Mülbeier .... co-producer
Zaza Urushadze .... co-producer
Artur Veeber .... co-producer
Original Music by
Niaz Diasamidze 
Cinematography by
Rein Kotov 
Film Editing by
Alexander Kuranov 
Production Design by
Irakli Mchedlidze (production design assistant)
Tea Telia 
Costume Design by
Simon Matchabeli 
Makeup Department
Tiina Leesik .... key makeup artist
Art Department
Irakli Mchedlidze .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Valter Jakovlev .... sound recordist
Harmo Kallaste .... sound designer
Ranno Tislar .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Goglik Giorgi Gogoladze .... video assistant
Other crew
Madis Tüür .... pr & marketing
Tamara Tatishvili .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Mandariinid" - Estonia (original title)
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87 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »

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The movie was about to happen two years ago. Lembit Ulfsak already asked the days off his regular theatre-work, even packed the bag, however the film-making was cancelled due to the financial difficulties. This time he was much more careful and felt even embarrassed to ask the days off from his theatre again.See more »
Margus:Soon there will be rain.
Ivo:There will not.
Margus:They will be here soon.
Margus:The Georgians and Russians. And the tangerines will stay in the trees. You know what this war is called? The war of citrus.
Ivo:What do you mean?
Margus:It's a war over my tangerines.
Ivo:Be normal. They are fighting for the land.
Margus:For the land where my tangerines grow.
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77 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Humanity can be stronger than what separates us, 22 January 2014
Author: centinel822 from United States

First, let me say that I am not by nature a peacenik. That said, I was thoroughly charmed by this anti-war film. In the same vein as films like "Enemy Mine," this film explores the well-trod ground of war and how it affects individual civilians and combatants alike, but does so on a much smaller, more intimate stage than usual war films.

The story throws together men with different ages, nationalities, and religions, and asks whether there is something more basic or more important than these distinctions. What happens when the faceless enemy in the woods becomes a man with his own thoughts and problems? Kudos to the director and all of the actors for portraying realistic characters and for allowing us to believably grow with the characters. Lembit Ulfsak is particularly stellar as Ivo, the "moral man." I think that scriptwriters too often give their characters weight and authority by giving them some defining moment or backstory. Not here. Ivo is defined, instead, by what he does and says in the confines of the film, and it is his moral compass that lead the rest of the characters, and, by extension, us to question our own prejudices.

All in all, a beautiful story beautifully told.

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