Vodka Lemon
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In a remote, isolated village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons, travels daily to his wife's grave. There he meets the lovely Nina, who is communing with her late husband. The two are penniless--she works in a local bar that is about to close down, while he has been forced to start selling his meager possessions. All seems hopelessly bleak, yet as Hamo begins to court Nina, their unexpected union revitalizes them.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is frostbitten Fellini -- a film that finds fresh beauty and contentment in the wake of centuries of conquering armies."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Director Hiner Saleem has created a magical movie that veers, even within scenes, from love story to tragedy to comic relief."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Worthwhile for the cinematography alone, which is nothing short of inspired, such as the love scene shot through the pale pattern of a lace curtain, which dissolves almost imperceptibly into the whiteout of a steady blizzard."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"If you're in need of a little inspiration, a shot of Vodka Lemon will do you nicely."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Diverting but minor."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Despite some banalities and Romen Avinian's slightly overdone Hamo, Vodka Lemon is a fresh breath of air, warmer than the icy village in which it takes place. You'll leave the theater with a wink and a smile."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Manages to chill our bones while delighting that part of us that relishes absurdity."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"An appealing film, a window onto a part of the world passed over by history."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"A bright and acerbic quality accentuates the film's lean, angled outlook on life."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"Objectively, it's a sad story of yearning and hardship, but it's structured and performed like a comedy. As life is."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Saleem nourishes his tale of the widower Hamo and widow Nina with a greening bud of romance. And he has wit and warmth to spare for all the movie's denizens."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The film ends on a surreal image of such remarkable whimsy and good cheer that it will keep you warm for a while after the credits roll."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The situation in these former republics may indeed be dire, but it's a breeding ground for exciting cinema."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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