LGFF: Patardzlebi (Brides, 2014)

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With the London Film Festival just getting underway, I present short reviews of the four films I saw at the London Georgian Film Festival last week.


This is another story of recent Georgian history, but from the unusual viewpoint of a woman whose partner (and father of her kids) is in jail. We never find out why but from the other stories mentioned, it’s likely his 10 year sentence is for something petty and minor. The film focuses in on the face of actor Mari Kitia, who does excellent, understated work in this slow and deliberate drama. Much of the film takes place at the prison, starting with a perfunctory wedding ceremony, required so she can visit her husband, and ending with an almost domestic day she gets to spend with him in the prison grounds. It’s a slight movie, but with powerful moments and a great central performance.


FILM FESTIVAL FILM REVIEW: London Georgian Film Festival
Director/Writer Tinatin Kajrishvili | Cinematographer Goga Devdariani | Starring Mari Kitia | Length 94 minutes || Seen at Regent Street Cinema, London, Monday 5 October 2015

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