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Repentance (1984)

Monanieba (original title)
The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden and is secretly reburied. But the corpse keeps returning, and the ... See full summary »

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Tengiz Abuladze
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Avtandil Makharadze ... Varlam Aravidze / Abel Aravidze
Ia Ninidze Ia Ninidze ... Guliko (as Iya Ninidze)
Zeinab Botsvadze ... Ketevan Barateli
Ketevan Abuladze Ketevan Abuladze ... Nino Barateli
David Giorgobiani ... Sandro Barateli (as Edisher Giorgobiani)
Kakhi Kavsadze ... Mikheil Koresheli
Merab Ninidze ... Tornike
Nino Zakariadze Nino Zakariadze ... Elene Korisheli (as Nino Zaqariadze)
Nano Ochigava Nano Ochigava ... Ketevan as a child
Boris Tsipuria
Akaki Khidasheli
Leo Antadze ... (as Levan Antadze)
Rezo Esadze Rezo Esadze
Mzia Makhviladze Mzia Makhviladze ... (as M. Makhazadze)
Amiran Amiranashvili Amiran Amiranashvili
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The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden and is secretly reburied. But the corpse keeps returning, and the police eventually capture a local woman, who is accused of digging it up. She says that Varlam should never be laid to rest because he was responsible for a Stalin-like reign of terror that led to the disappearance of many of her friends... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Georgian | Russian | Italian | German

Release Date:

March 1987 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Repentance See more »

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Gross USA:

$215,496
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Movie was ready for release in 1984, but it was banned until 1987 (premiere in Cannes). See more »

Goofs

In the surrealist scene where the painter (Sandro Barateli) and the disgraced official (Mikheil Koresheli) meet and Mikheil explains the absurd charges for which he is being tried, a jet airplane can be heard passing overhead. See more »

Quotes

Nino Barateli: Esteemed Varlam, will you sing again? Sing something else, please. Don't refuse, please, dear Varlam!
Varlam Aravidze: With great pleasure. Tired with all these, for restful death I cry: as, to behold desert a beggar born, and needy nothing trimm'd in jollity, and purest faith unhappily forsworn, and gilded honour shamefully misplaced, and maiden virtue rudely strumpeted, and right perfection wrongfully disgraced, and strength by limping sway disabled, and art made tongue-tied by authority, and folly, ...
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Les Pas sur la neige
Composed by Claude Debussy
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A beautifully realized, fascinating vision of humanity.
22 April 2003 | by stedrazedSee all my reviews

My only complaint about Tengiz Abuladze's REPENTANCE (English title) is that I am uncertain what was real and what was fantasy. However, since this was undoubtedly his intention, I cannot properly call it a complaint. Outside of David Lynch films, I have never seen more perfectly executed dream imagery than that of REPENTANCE; the beauty of these sequences is accentuated by the surreal atmosphere of the various dreamers' waking lives. The cast is uniformly excellent, the premise unique, and much of the dialogue resonates with beauty, despair and universal truth, often mingled with humor. No character is utterly devoid of sympathy, nor is any character entirely sympathetic. All is ambiguous, just as it is in our own so-called "reality".


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