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A family is forced into deception for the sake of their matriarch in this poignant drama. Three generations of women share a tiny apartment in Tbilisi, a Georgia city that has been devastated by war, political instability, and a ruined economy. Eka (Esther Gorintin) is an elderly woman whose health is failing, but her will remains strong and she holds sway over the household. Eka's daughter, Marina (Nino Khomassouridze), is a middle-aged woman who is still dealing with the devastating circumstances of her childhood and the death of her husband. And Marina's daughter, Ada (Dinara… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bertuccelli tackles Since Otar Left... with the kind of ambitious imagination that makes one marvel at a natural filmmaker's unexpected and original choices."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"It is a film that understands women, but more importantly, understands life."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"La principal fortaleza del film, además de la atenta mirada y la sensibilidad de Bertuccelli, es ese impecable trío de actrices."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A showcase for three very talented actresses."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Competently made with occasional flashes of brilliance"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The finely crafted film shows the complex needs and anxieties of a three-generation family living in a country that has undergone dramatic political and cultural changes."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Otar and Lenin make terrific bookends on the post-communist experience for average citizens."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Bertuccelli neatly unpacks these three women's burdened lives and leaves us with a haunting souvenir-the last scene is a shimmering revelation."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"...deliberately paced but always interesting..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The film is as intense as all family relationships."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"This emotionally rich situation is played for all its worth by the entire cast, but the standout is Gorintin."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Whatever film acting is about -- technique, presence or truth-telling -- [Esther Gorintin] got it."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Bertuccelli convinces us of her capability of sketching portraits of incredible characters that are credible."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"You feel like you're watching a real family traipse through an uncertain world instead of actors creating relationships on the spot."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"If you want a film whose ending is happy and sad at the same time look no further."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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