Tangerines

Tangerines

Tangerines

Set in 1990 war-plagued Georgia, this Oscar nominee (Best Foreign Language Film) centres on an Estonian tangerine harvester who takes in two wounded men - a Georgian and a Chechen... More

"1992. The Abkhazia region wants to separate from Georgia and war breaks out between the Georgian army and the separatists. Most of the Estonians living in Abkhazia flee the combat region, but Ivo insists on staying behind and helping his neighbor pick the tangerines that have ripened in his orchard. The war reaches them quickly and after some fire exchanges at their doorstep, Ivo takes in two serious casualties: a Georgian and a Chechen. Only their critical condition keeps them from slitting each other’s throats. While the war rages outside, the two sworn enemies recover and are forced to recognize each other’s existence." (Jerusalem Film Festival)

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2013Rating: M, Violence & offensive language87 minsEstonia, GeorgiaRussian, Georgian and Estonian with English subtitles
DramaWarWorld Cinema

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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

The Oscar nominees list for Best Foreign Language Film has always been an annual oasis filled with quality. Getting that deserved attention in 2015 is this compact drama set during the Georgian Civil War. There, humble Estonian tangerine harvester Ivo is forced to nurse and house two badly injured soldiers from either side of the conflict – a Chechen mercenary and a Georgian.

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Variety

Variety

Balances humor and seriousness in deft fashion, its delicacy abetted by all thesps and design contributions.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Humanity is the theme of this Oscar nominated drama in which an old Estonian man opens his home and heart to two rival 'children of death'- a Chechen mercenary and a Georgian soldier... Hope is a wonderful thing

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Time Out

Time Out

Urushadze's excellent cast imbues their thinly drawn characters with a great deal of life, but the roles are so transparent that the film feels like more of an advertisement for peace than it does an argument for it.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film, beautifully shot and cleanly edited, has the economy of a short story, unfolding in a mood of slightly sentimental masculine stoicism.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Works primarily as a showcase for its trio of lead actors, who work hard to make their characters’ gradual yet quick thaw seem not just credible, but inevitable.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

An example of lean, unadorned old-school filmmaking where familiar style and technique combine to unexpectedly potent effect because of the great skill with which they've been employed.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Eloquent anti-war film may not break new ground, but is deeply affecting.

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