When Tangerines (Mandariinid) was nominated for the best foreign language film in the Academy Awards 2015, I immediately liked it. I was being biased, of course, for not other reason than rooting for a country where choose to make cinema must be an stoic act.
Telling a story beautifully in an simple and honest way is not easy. When in front of a narrative that seems to take us by the hand, everything looks so certain. However, to achieve that is everything but that, and it is actually the strongest feature o a filmmaker.
Mandariinid is pure beauty in its simple way to tell a painful story. With the building camaraderie between four different men, some of them war enemies, Zaza Urushadze leads us to a heartbreaking realization: people makes us lose faith in humanity at the same time that are the ones to restore our hope in the human kind. All this through Ivo, my favorite person on the world right now. Because a lucid, wise, quiet, loving man can make all the difference, specially in such an impossible time as war. With him, we can realize what really matters in this crazy, absurd life at Earth.
I was laughing quietly in a minute... in the next one I was crying so sadly, I thought my heart would really break. Those characters? Not fictional for me. They are people, and their lost was my own, in that moment. A big silence is still in me. And the gratitude for strong and persistent filmmakers with their careful views regarding all things human.
|Tangerines (Mandariinid). Directed and written by Zaza Urushadze. With:|
Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Misha (Mikheil) Meskhi.
Estonia/Georgia, 2013, 87 min., Color.
PS: At the Tangerines's imdb.com page, one of the keywords for the movie is tea drinking :) It is accurate, actually.