Winner of the prestigious Critics'
Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and featuring a
trio of stunning performances, Julie Bertuccelli's exquisite
SINCE OTAR LEFT... is a bittersweet tale of deception and affection.
Three Georgian women--strong-willed
matriarch Eka (90-year-old former dental assistant and fledgling
star Esther Gorintin), her long-suffering daughter Marina (Nino
Khomassouridze) and rebellious granddaughter Ada (Freeze, Die,
Come to Life's Dinara Droukarova)--all live together in their
stately-yet-crumbling apartment in contemporary Tbilisi, the
capital of the former Soviet republic. Eka pines for her beloved
son Otar, a physician who is now a construction worker in Paris.
Marina is deeply resentful of her mother's obsession with her
absent brother, while Ada endures their bickering and yearns
for a more adventurous existence. When a friend of Otar's calls
with tragic news, Marina and Ada must make a seemingly impossible
choice: Do they keep Eka from learning the truth?
Former assistant director to
Bertrand Tavernier and Krzysztof Kieslowski, Bertuccelli deftly
spins the delicate threads of familial conflict and maternal
love into a bewitching tangle of intergenerational duplicity.