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  • Summary: A bittersweet tale of deception and affection about three Georgian women -- strong-willed matriarch Eka, her long-suffering daughter Marina and rebellious granddaughter Ada -- all live together in their stately-yet-crumbling apartment in contemporary Tbilisi, the capital of the former Soviet republic. (Zeitgeist Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
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  1. Everything about this subtly directed drama enhances its pathos and humor, especially an astonishing performance by Gorintin, a 90-something woman only a few years into her acting career.
  2. Working with excellent site-specific music and this trio of exemplary -- and exceptionally well-cast -- actresses, director Bertuccelli does a superb job of touching just the right emotional notes in recounting the consequences of deception and the importance of family.
  3. 88
    What an amazing presence Gorintin has. Never mind her hunched back and white hair, she's no crone. She makes Eka needy for happiness but susceptible to heartbreak. It's a great performance, full of both joy and the quiet, disappointing parts of being alive that come with knowing change is part of life.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Dawson
    80
    The relationship between Ada and Eka is beautifully written and utterly believable, while the film's central idea of compassionate deception allows Bertucelli to explore the nature of love, culminating in the film's masterful and deeply affecting ending.
  5. This sensitive drama will appeal to anyone who has strained against the confines of family - or basked happily in its comforts.
  6. 70
    A trio of finely observant performances graces this quiet drama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. OsG.
    Feb 24, 2007
    10
    One of the most intimate and moving films I've seen. Beautifully fimed, fabulously real acting and I'm not ashamed to say it made me bawl.
  2. EarlM.
    May 21, 2006
    10
    A superb film above love and family. Esther Gorintin is a wonder as are the other 2 female leads. A do not miss film.
  3. BobS.
    Aug 1, 2006
    10
    Incredible writing and acting that nail raw emotional nerves in the viewer. Masterful acting that will hold you teetering in suspense on the verge of bawling. Expand
  4. JoeR.
    Jan 28, 2006
    9
    A moving and delightful peek behind the former Iron Curtain at the power of the human spirit and the thread of love, wisdom and support that runs through the generations of women. Expand
  5. DamienA.
    Dec 3, 2005
    6
    Pehaps my expectations were too high but for the most part I wasn't as moved by this film as perhaps I should have been. Someone, somewhere else said everything happened on the screen, over there, that they weren't personally moved..same for me. A good film, but alas, just because it's better than so much out there does not make it a ten. Expand

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