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33 Ratings

Winter Song

Chant d'hiver

Directed by Otar Iosseliani
France, Georgia, 2015
Comedy, Drama


Some resemblances are disturbing. That between a guillotined viscount, an army chaplain, a Parisian tramp, and the concierge of the building where the lives of nearly all these characters intersect. And yet in the midst of all the chaos, there is the chance to hope for a better tomorrow.

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Winter Song Directed by Otar Iosseliani
On screen, Iosseliani not only suffers fools a lot more gladly than in real life, he positively revels in the rich variety of human fallibility. His is not a compliant good humor, however. It can be savage, and deeply angry—which is certainly the case in his latest film, Winter Song.
March 09, 2016
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While entertaining at spots, I think that the film doesn’t bother with a conclusive idea behind it. This mostly played to me like an empty version of the films of Roy Andersson: funny, cruel, but without any of the wit, sense or “end” that the Swede actively looks for.
November 30, 2015
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The large ensemble and wide range of vignettes help keep things moving in dream-like non-sequiturs (Iosseliani is often compared to Tati, for a touch remarkable in its lightness, originality, and its biting critique of the modern).
September 15, 2015
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