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Since Otar Left (2003)

Depuis qu'Otar est parti... (original title)
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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Julie Bertuccelli
12 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Esther Gorintin Esther Gorintin ... Eka
Nino Khomasuridze Nino Khomasuridze ... Marina
Dinara Drukarova ... Ada
Temur Kalandadze Temur Kalandadze ... Tengiz (as Temour Kalandadze)
Rusudan Bolkvadze Rusudan Bolkvadze ... Rusiko (as Roussoudan Bolkvadze)
Sasha Sarishvili Sasha Sarishvili ... Alexi (as Sacha Sarichvili)
Duta Skhirtladze Duta Skhirtladze ... Niko (as Douta Skhirtladze)
Abdellah Moundy Abdellah Moundy ... Le berbère (as Abdallah Moundy)
Mzia Eristavi Mzia Eristavi ... Dora
Misha Eristavi Misha Eristavi ... Fils Dora
Zoura Natrochvili Zoura Natrochvili ... Voisin (Mika)
Alexandre Makhorablichvili Alexandre Makhorablichvili ... Fonctionnaire
Micha Moudjiri Micha Moudjiri ... Directeur usine
Jacques Fleury Jacques Fleury ... Homme d'affaire 1
Frédéric Payen 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 »

Genres:

Drama

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A must see for French film fans
20 February 2005 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Since Otar Left" is about three generations of Georgian women (an old women, her daughter, and her granddaughter) who live in austerity in an old flat in Georgia. The grandmother looks forward to letters she receives from her only other offspring, a son Otar, who is working in Paris. When Otar dies unexpectedly, the two younger women intercept the bad news and hatch a plan to keep the letters and the happiness they bring coming to the old woman. As the film develops this meager plot and we watch the women trudge through their mundane daily activities we are unaware of a more significant plot developing before our eyes with both plots culminating suddenly at the film's end.

Those who prefer a steady diet of the usual commercial Hollywood film products will likely find "Since Otar Left" a monotonous film of little consequence. However, those who enjoy the people stories of French cinema with their natural and finely nuanced studies of human nature, this sensitive, plaintive, and charming gem is a fly-on-the-wall look at a slice-of-Georgian-life which should not be missed. (A-)


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Country:

France | Belgium | Georgia

Language:

Georgian | French | Russian

Release Date:

17 September 2003 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,763, 2 May 2004

Gross USA:

$350,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,634,307
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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