The lucid and conscientious “Tangerines”, revealed some heart, soul, and even humor in bitter circumstances, but needed more time to properly cook the morality that tries to convey. Full Review: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2014/02/tangerines-2013.html
A moderately paced psychological drama that strives to say 'behind every soldier that kills is a regular man'. It's a heavy handed message but there are moments of subtle and warm performance here from Lembit Ulfsak in particular, as the wiser old man and father figure to two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the conflict. 3 stars
I saw this as being more about the problems of being a man than about war. Men fight and posture and have trouble getting along whether there's war or not. If men can stay alive past a certain age, they may get some wisdom and learn to get along. I'm joking. Men are stupid.
Es la historia de "No somos tan distintos como creemos" contada de nuevo; Sin embargo, las actuaciones y el tratamiento del guion la separan de convertirse en una moraleja repetida a morir.Resulta una entrañable historia sobre un grupo de hombres descubriendo sus razones de vivir, como recoger la cosecha de mandarinas del año. Yo si llloré, hombre.
I loved the rusty, raw rural photography and location. Loved the staging, the bread, the cheese, the tangerines, the soup. It all feels deliciously alive. And I loved the characters and how they move in the story. Unfortunately all that is damaged by a script that feels much more heavy-handed than it should be, and a finale that feels hammered. As soon as a film labels itself as pro-war or anti-war,it loses subtlety.
2013 has produced several amazing small budget films. One such example is "Tangerines" from Georgia/Estonia by a relatively unknown director Zaza Urushadze. It is an uplifting tale when in 2013 so many directors the world over spent their resources on darker realities of life. My full review of the film is available at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2014/01/159-georgian-film-director-zaza.html