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Depuis qu'Otar est parti... (2003)

Unrated | | Drama | 17 September 2003 (France)
The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died ... See full summary »

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Esther Gorintin ... Eka
Nino Khomasuridze ... Marina
... Ada
Temur Kalandadze ... Tengiz (as Temour Kalandadze)
Rusudan Bolkvadze ... Rusiko (as Roussoudan Bolkvadze)
Sasha Sarishvili ... Alexi (as Sacha Sarichvili)
Duta Skhirtladze ... Niko (as Douta Skhirtladze)
Abdellah Moundy ... Le berbère (as Abdallah Moundy)
Mzia Eristavi ... Dora
Misha Eristavi ... Fils Dora
Zoura Natrochvili ... Voisin (Mika)
Alexandre Makhorablichvili ... Fonctionnaire
Micha Moudjiri ... Directeur usine
Jacques Fleury ... Homme d'affaire 1
Frédéric Payen ... Homme d'affaire 2
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The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her mother, changing the course of their lives forever. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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For a mother, a sister and a niece, nothing is the same . . . Since Otar Left [UK Quad Poster] See more »

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$13,763, 2 May 2004, Limited Release

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$344,974, 18 July 2004
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Life in nostalgic universe
10 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

It is very difficult to define this film. In fact, every definition is fake because the essence of words or gestures is ineffable.

Otar may be a type of Godot. The incarnated hope, the symbol of filling or image of any victim.

The three women- variant of Tchekov's "Three sisters".

But the reality is not so easy. In East Europe of Communist era, The Occident was the Heaven in all senses. It was the lost Paradis, the normality, the escape. A part of this wonderful world was shield against the daily nightmare. The fall of Communism was not the solution. Occident is a form of chimera not like education or mentality's result but like the personal treasure.

The film is not a moral lesson or image of ex-Sovietic country in transition to European values. It is not an Andre Makine's page. It is only a short life's story and description of a subtle escape. It is slice of dream's rules, descending in past who remains only present and future.

Esther Gorintin's acting is magnificent. A powerful character with a victim's mask, a fragile grandmother for who the life is not only fight or fear, past memories or sweet desire but a form of world's contemplation.

In fact, Eka is the Ada's image. And Otar's death- solution of interior crisis of every character. The end of life in nostalgic universe.


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