Friday, January 30, 2015

Tangerines (Mandariinid) (2013)

Director: Zaza Urushadze. Cast: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Misha Meskhi. 87 min. Estonia/Georgia. Drama/War.

"The world would be a much more peaceful place if ordinary people simply got to know one another.

This was an IMDb quote I saw describing The Iran Job, but the concept is reflected much more strongly in this Oscar-nominated foreign film. During the 1990s Georgia-Apkhazeti War, an old man ends up taking care of two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the war in his home. Will they see the good in each other and calm down? So now you already know the movie is preachy, and there are 'famous last words' where you know a character is going to die any second. But still, the simpleness in how the story unfolds makes this a pleasurable watch.

PS: Maryam ... thank you for the directions!

Mo says:


  1. اختيارداري استاد.ماسالهاست تحت هدايت شما طي طريق ميكنيم 😄
    My heart was compressed through the entire movie because of immediate flashback of Iran-Iraq war !It's been awhile since I have thought about holly defence !

    1. Of course. Everybody thinks their war is "holy". Every man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

      Now, time to go find "Timbuktu" ...


  2. By all means dear Guru!I took a break and engaged in 70's movies ! But get back on track very soon

  3. 1.The great Gatsby (1974)
    2.The conversation (1974)
    3.Three Days of the Condor(1975)
    The first one was kind of movie proved the fact that Negar grandtaher mentioned beautifully : zanha khaily jalaban :))
    The second one was a good thriller .Again I failed to guess the mystery of a movie eventually ,considering it belonged to 40 yo ago, so to me this work of Master Coppola does not sound out-date as some people believe that.
    The third one : just the reason for watch is It was referred numerous times as a perfect screenplay sample when I was reading Syd Field books for our SP.

    1. I only haven't seen Robert Redford's "Great Gatsby", but I'm not too keen on seeing it, because the DiCaprio version was slightly boring.

      "The Conversation" was good, but to win the 1974 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or?! Not so sure.

      And here's my review on Condor: