A young happy couple moves from a poor district to a new housing estate. Their relationship gets progressively worse as their comfort and possessions increase. This is the film closest to the work of Jacques Tati thanks to the comic effect of the modified sounds, the reduced dialogue and the skepticism regarding progress achieved through modernization. —Arsenal
A major director of the Soviet sixties who continues to make internationally acclaimed films. A child musician and music student, Iosseliani switched to mathemetics at Moscow State University, then attended VGIK, studied directing under Dovzhenko, and graduated in 1961. His first major film, April, resulted in his being denied work for two years, during which worked as both a sailor and day laborer. He returned to direct films such as Falling Leaves, which takes a documentary approach to depicting Georgian life. His films took subtle, elliptical paths to critiquing the Soviet Union until he emigrated to France in the early 1980s, at which time his pictures
-often still set in the Soviet territories- became marginally more explicit. But his movies are much too concerned with universality, the mysteries of human existense and the beauty of nature, to be overtly political. Though still residing in France, since the fall of the Soviet Union Iosseliani has worked more closely… read more
fantastic! those who need more inside usually need less outside and that makes them imperfect consumers, selfish and irresponsible citizens who refuse to make the life of their neighbour better by buying, buying and buying things they do not need , produced by that abstract, unlocalizable neighbor. love thy neighbor equals hate yourself.