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Tangerines (2013)

Mandariinid (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , War | 17 April 2015 (USA)
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War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.

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Zaza Urushadze

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Tatjana Mülbeier (idea), Zaza Urushadze (idea) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lembit Ulfsak ... Ivo
Giorgi Nakashidze ... Ahmed
Misha Meskhi Misha Meskhi ... Nika
Elmo Nüganen Elmo Nüganen ... Margus
Raivo Trass Raivo Trass ... Juhan
Zura Begalishvili Zura Begalishvili ... Aslan (as Zurab Begalishvili)
Dato Khakhidze Dato Khakhidze ... Aslan's Soldier (as David Khakhidze)
Jano Izoria Jano Izoria ... Aslan's Soldier
Gia Gogishvili Gia Gogishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Vamekh Jangidze Vamekh Jangidze ... Aslan's Soldier
Aleko Begalishvili Aleko Begalishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Temo Khutsishvili Temo Khutsishvili ... Aslan's Soldier
Giorgi Tsaava ... Officer (as George Tsaava)
Denis Khlibov Denis Khlibov ... Soldier
Victor Gegeshidze Victor Gegeshidze ... Soldier (as Viktor Gegeshidze)
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Storyline

War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region 1992: local Apkhazians are fighting to break free from Georgia. Estonian village between the mountains has become empty, almost everyone has returned to their homeland, only 2 men have stayed: Ivo and Margus. But Margus will leave as soon as he has harvested his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict in their miniature village wounded men are left behind, and Ivo is forced to take them in. But they are from opposite sides of the war. This is touching anti-war story about Estonians who find themselves in the middle of someone else's war. How do they handle it? How do the enemies act under third-party roof? Written by Annts

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Estonia | Georgia

Language:

Estonian | Russian | Georgian

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tangerines See more »

Filming Locations:

Guria, Republic of Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,600, 17 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$144,501

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$942,487
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Production Co:

Allfilm,Georgian Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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There is not a single woman in the film. See more »

Quotes

Juhan: I thought it would explode.
Margus: It explodes in the cinema.
Ivo: Ah, the cinema is one big fraud.
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A strong human values film, with the war intruded and in the background
6 August 2014 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

Ethnic and/or religious armed conflicts are always particularly painful, "realpolitik" vs. history, perceptions vs. actual circumstances, victims vs. profiteers, etc. The War in Abkhazia (1992–93) was one of the first post-Soviet gory confrontations, with tens of thousands dead, ethnic cleansing, and included the biggest successful rescue operation so far by the Estonian government to save compatriots, not even citizens, as their forebears settled there in 19th century... Many smaller nations, like Estonians, did not choose sides, they just tried to survive and carry on, splendidly expressed through tangerines in the film, but remote weaponry reaches everywhere and does not ask questions (Estonians were not considered hostile by both sides).

All this is nicely presented in this Estonian-Georgian film, where Estonian actors used are all famous film actors (the Georgian ones were unfamiliar to me, but they were convincing), and characters seem very realistic. As far as I know, the topic of honour and keeping word are holy among the Caucasus nations, enabling to depict scenes and events odd and even improbable among the Western, "civilized" nations. The venue is limited to the remains of a village, but as everything is so properly constructed and performed, you do not feel embattled, and can follow and emphasize with all characters, significantly widening the audience and letting ponder on and over the essence of warfare.

PS The film is totally "male", only actors were present, no actresses, but the less than 1,5 hours pass tautly.


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