CAST: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo NÃ¼ganen, Giorgi Nakashidze DIRECTOR: Zaza Urushadze TUESDAY FILM SERIES
Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union's dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that might transcend ethnic divides. Set against a beautiful landscape defiled by war, this poetic film makes an eloquent statement for peace.
A small-scale, poignant and accessible anti-war statement.Dennis Harvey, Variety
Although the subject of civil war within the former Soviet countries has been tackled in other movies, this retelling is one of the most concise and affecting.Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter