DVD Review: Tangerines
You can't just let this beautiful fruit go to waste.
One of the cool things about blogging is that you "meet" other film fans from all over the world. I never thought I'd chat with not one but two bloggers from Estonia. A lot of foreign movies are a bit more special to me now because I can associate them with other members of the film blogging community. My first ever Estonian film was just that as well.
In the early 90's, The Apkhazeti region was fighting to break free from Georgia. In the middle of this conflict is Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) An Estonian man who has stayed behind to help his friend Margus (Elmo Nuganen) harvest his tangerines so he can sell them and return to Estonia, like the rest of their village has. When a shoot out happens quite literally in Margus' front year, Ivo takes in two wounded men. Ahmed, (Giorgi Nakashidze) a Chechen missionary and Niko (Misha Meskhi) a Georgian soldier. Though they are on opposite sides of the war, Ivo forces them to recover as peacefully as possible in the same house.
I was a bit nervous going into this, because my memories of learning about this time in history were a bit rusty. Thankfully, the film doesn't require an extensive history lesson as the commentary provided by the characters was enough. (Though I found myself reading more about it afterwards) The performances were grand, and you can't help but admire Ivo for being such a stand up guy.
I wish this would've taken home the Oscar. It really went beyond any expectations I had. The setting is small, but the story so rich and interesting.
Memorable Quote: "Cinema is a big fraud." - Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak)