Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings
Since Otar Left
2003 - Julie Bertucelli - 102 mins - France/Belgium
Fri 27 May 2005 at 8.30pm
Astor Cinema, Scariff
Storyline: Three generations of Georgian women live together in the same small apartment in contemporary Tbilisi, the capital of the former Soviet republic. Their lives are as difficult as any in the decaying city, their days punctuated by power cuts and water shortages, and their living conditions absurdly compromised. The hopes of these women are very much in the hands of Otar, who left to live and work in Paris. He writes occasionally, sends a little money each month to sustain them, and telephones infrequently. The old lady is away, staying with friends in the countryside, when word of Otarís death in an accident arrives. Concerned that the news might prove too much for the old lady, her daughter and granddaughter pretend that nothing has happened, and the granddaughter begins to compose letters, supposedly written by Otar to his mother. The ruse is successfully maintained for some time, withstanding even a surprise visit from one of Otarís former friends. But their plan looks set to unravel when the old lady insists the three of them travel to Paris for a reunion with her son...
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