What I find most fascinating about the film is the way Abuladze shoots landscapes. Many sequences shot with long telephoto lenses gives the image a two-dimensional, scroll painting like quality. A brilliant piece of cinematographic design, and offers very interesting visual comparisons to Paradzhanov's work.
On the surface this film tells a simple story, but it is also soaked with difficult to understand cultural allusions. This film is a good example of the identity politics of Soviet Georgia’s intelligentsia, with its fascination for Georgia’s history and unique culture. Although the print quality was poor, the cinematography was outstanding, with some great scenes being shot in Shatili.