Monanieba (Repentance)
Monanieba (Repentance) (1984)

Repentance (Pokayaniye) features Avtandil Makharadze in a dual role. As Georgian mayor Varlam Aravidze, Makharadze is a strutting, arbitrarily cruel dictator, something of a composite Stalin and Hitler. Visually he very closely resembles… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 1, 1984
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

[Repentance] is lit with bursts of satiric humor, with music, bits of opera and great flights of surreal imagery, which only serve to intensify its growing horror. And it is never less than physically gorgeous.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Tengiz Abuladze's dreamlike allegorical fantasy about Stalinism, as well as despotism in general, is probably the best known and almost certainly one of the best Soviet films to have surfaced as a result of glasnost.

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Diana Nelson Jones
Tulsa World

It signifies a Soviet Union coming to terms with its past.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Repentance would seem mordantly funny if its wit, like that of its central character, weren't also so cruel.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

The result is neither as minatory nor as moving as it thinks it is, despite some arresting surrealist images and the performance of Makharadze as Varlam.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

It is a defiant assault on revisionist history that shows, through a series of harrowing flashbacks, that the crimes of the past cannot simply be buried and forgotten.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Its significance as a social and historical document far outstrips its value as art.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Its message is worth heeding everywhere. And its frontal attack on Stalinism makes it a landmark in Soviet film history.

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Film4

As Gorbachev's Glasnost was being welcomed around the world, the final part of Abuladze's trilogy seemd relevant to a country coming to terms with its violent past. Now, it seems like a talky history lecture.

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