Tangerines (2013)

Movie

Estonia, Georgia
Estonian, Georgian, Russian
Drama, War
2013
ZAZA URUSHADZE
Aleko Begalishvili, Denis Khlibov, Elmo Nüganen
87 min

0.0

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What it's about

War in Abkhazia, 1992. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.

The take

A beautiful and touching story about staying true to your inner morals and humanity in the middle of a raging war. Set during the conflict between Abkhazia and Georgia, Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak), an old Estonian farmer, takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides, who agree to not kill each other as long as they stay under Ivo's roof. It's not "Saving Private Ryan" heroic nor "Pianist" heartbreaking. Tangerines is instead a powerful movie in its simplicity, as the story evolves around 4 men and a crop of tangerines. Yet for some reason, it still tells the story of every war, and the people in it.

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