In 1992, war rages in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia. An Estonian man Ivo has decided to stay behind and harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo takes him in.
War in Georgia, Abkhazia region 1992: local Abkhaz 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
Georgia (with Abhkazia), where the film is set., is situated in the Caucasus region. The region is placed in the geographic borders between Asia and Europe. Georgia joined the international organization Council of Europe in 1999, and is subject to pacts concerning human rights that affect all the member states. See more »
As the movie begins, it is freezing weather and condensation from every breath from Ivo and the soldier inside Ivo's workshop is seen. They step outside and it is not as cold and their breath is not seen. See more »
I will avenge my friend. This is a holy thing for us old man, you don't understand.
Killing a sleeping man, when he is unconscious, is that a sacred thing too? I didn't know.
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There was a brief opening text of the locality and year of this conflict, but little to nothing about the ethnic parties involved and the personal histories of individuals we see in the film as well as a general background into the reasons for the conflict. It seems as if we have Russians, Abkhazians, Georgians, Estonians, Chechens (also calling themselves Caucasians, I think) involved. How Estonia comes to be a home base for extended families living in Georgia is not explained as it is as far from there as are China, India, France and Somalia. The story revolves around two Estonian farmers (tangerine farmers) who are staying put until the last harvest is in while their Estonian neighbors have left for Estonia and as the conflict escalates. A wounded Georgian and a Chechen end up recovering in the farmhouse. The rest of the film centers on mediation (by the Estonian) of the hate between Georgian & Chechen as well as, a perhaps, a shared understanding, but An aside: Perhaps American politicians can learn a lesson from this film and spend less time coming up with reasons to hate differences, and more in understanding the roots and unique values in differences between people.
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