Monanieba (Repentance)
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Monanieba (Repentance)
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 Lavrentiy Beriya, Stalin's right hander and one-time KGB chief. As Abel, the mayor's son, Makharadze finds himself in the middle of an ideological squabble when his father dies. Zeinab Botsvadze, a local woman who had suffered mightily under the mayor's regime, refuses to allow the old man's corpse to be interred. Despite the son's… More
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"It's worth more for its daring political statement against the totalitarian Soviet regime of Stalin than as a work of moving satire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A bold film from the Soviet Union, affirming the ethical values of religion and the cultural values of art."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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