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My Grandmother (1929)

Chemi bebia (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 October 1977 (USA)
The protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, gets the sack for his bureaucratic idleness, and learns that the way back into the job market depends on getting a letter of recommendation from a "grandmother".

Director:

Kote Mikaberidze (as Kote Miqaberidze)

Writers:

Siko Dolidze (libretto), Giorgi Mdivani | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Aleksandre Takaishvili Aleksandre Takaishvili ... The Bureaucrat (as A. Takaishvili)
Bella Chernova ... The Bureaucrat's Wife
Evgeniy Ovanov Evgeniy Ovanov ... The Doorman (as E. Ovanov)
Akaki Khorava Akaki Khorava ... Labourer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikhail Abesadze Mikhail Abesadze ... (as M. Abesadze)
G. Absaliamova G. Absaliamova
Konstantin Lavretski Konstantin Lavretski ... (as K. Lavretski)
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The protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, gets the sack for his bureaucratic idleness, and learns that the way back into the job market depends on getting a letter of recommendation from a "grandmother".

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Not My Grandmother's Russia
7 August 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Aleksandre Takaishvili is a lazy, slovenly, ill-kempt bureaucrat in some sort of organization where nothing ever gets done. When he is fired for "too much access". With no more lagniappe, his wife wants to leave him. While he considers suicide, an acquaintance tells him getting another job is easy: a recommendation from a grandmother, and be a pest.

This being a Georgian production, it's not surprising that there's no respect for anything; while the Academicians were busy praising the regime, directors like Vertov were busy trying to get away with as much satire as possible. This one not only makes fun of the stifling, pointless inert bureaucracy, but Academician film-making, with its weird cuts, odd-looking non-actors and Dutch angles.

The copy I looked at had one of those atonal scores that assault the senses with their senselessness. I didn't enjoy its loud stridency, but have to admit it fit right in.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

None | Sign Languages

Release Date:

4 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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Georgian-Film See more »
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Runtime:

| (1970 sound)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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