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The Forgiveness of Blood (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 September 2011 (Albania)
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An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that makes eldest son Nik a prime target and forces his sister, eldest daughter Rudina, to leave school in order to take over the family business.

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Joshua Marston
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tristan Halilaj ... Nik
Refet Abazi Refet Abazi ... Mark
Zana Hasaj Zana Hasaj ... Bardha
Erjon Mani Erjon Mani ... Tom
Luan Jaha Luan Jaha ... Zef
Çun Lajçi Çun Lajçi ... Ded
Veton Osmani Veton Osmani ... Sokol
Zefir 'Bep' Bushati Zefir 'Bep' Bushati ... Valmir
Selman Lokaj Selman Lokaj ... Kreshnik
Kol Zefi Kol Zefi ... Shpend
Sindi Lacej ... Rudina
Ilire Vinca Celaj Ilire Vinca Celaj ... Drita
Esmeralda Gjonlulaj Esmeralda Gjonlulaj ... Bora
Elsajed Tallalli Elsajed Tallalli ... Dren
Ibrahim Ymeri Ibrahim Ymeri ... School Director
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This film centers on a family in Albania, with main characters Rudina, the oldest daughter, and Nik, the oldest son. Both have a pretty normal life. Rudina is an A-student in high school hoping to continue on at university; Nik, very popular, is just falling in love with a classmate while dreaming of opening a business with a friend. Their father earns the family's income through a little bread delivery service, for which he shortcuts across his neighbours' ground. The neighbour resents this, even though the ground had actually once belonged to Rudina's and Nik's family. One day the conflict escalates and the neighbour gets killed by Rudina's and Nik's father and their uncle. Because the police only catch their uncle while their father successfully goes into hiding, the old law of blood feud is invoked against the family, whereby all males enter into virtual house arrest. Since only the women of the family can leave, Rudina has to quit school to continue her father's bread delivery ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #628. See more »

Connections

Features Big Brother Albania (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Valle Instrumentale
Original music by Dervish Shaqja
Performed by Grupi I Valleve I Tropojës
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Old school
28 October 2011 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

It is really very old school and very subtle. Still the sentiment is very strong and the acting is more than solid. Though some may call it slow and think it is nothing more than a documentary. Though that is not a bad thing in my book, you have to decide how you feel about it. It's family driven plot has values to offer.

While some things may seem ridiculous to people who live in the city, this stuff indeed happens. So while I am not sure if it actually based on something in particular, it is more than obvious, that in general this has happens. A very dark drama, with great natural performances, that elevate the movie clearly :o)


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Language:

Albanian

Release Date:

17 September 2011 (Albania) See more »

Also Known As:

El perdón de la sangre See more »

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Albania

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,724, 26 February 2012

Gross USA:

$126,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,383
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