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  • Summary: Nik is a carefree teenager in a small town with a crush on the school beauty and ambitions to start his own internet café. His world is suddenly up-ended when his father and uncle become entangled in a land dispute that leaves a fellow villager murdered. According to a centuries-old code of law, this entitles the dead man's family to take the life of a male from Nik's family as retribution. His uncle in jail and his father in hiding, Nik is the prime target and confined to the home while his younger sister Rudina is forced to leave school and take over their father's business. (Sundance Selects) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 8, 2012
    88
    It's a thriller that feels like a documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 24, 2012
    83
    The Forgiveness of Blood examines the barriers of ritual and the passage from youth to adulthood in Albanian society with the perceptive detail of a grand literary feat. At the same time, it retains the simplicity of a parable.
  3. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jul 30, 2012
    80
    Even if it lacks a stand-out turn it's still a grippingly authentic slice of life.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 24, 2012
    75
    Richly photographed by Rob Hardy (who gave Red Riding: 1974 its almost surreal bleakness), this meticulously researched story (Marston spent a month interviewing families trapped in these vendettas) reveals a culture dominated by male pride and patriarchal selfishness.
  5. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 15, 2012
    75
    It never exactly lights you on fire, but you always believe it.
  6. 70
    [A] compelling film touching on the perils of being young - that's it, merely young - in a culture without justice.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 17, 2012
    50
    The film wisely avoids giving its material a large-scale epic quality it can't sustain, but it also results in a project that lacks the complexity to register as more than a handsome little sketch.

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