The Great Water
The Great Water (2005)

A man near the end of his life relives a crucial period from his youth in this powerful drama. Lem Nikodinoski (Meto Jovanovski) is a prominent Macedonian politician who has suffered a severe heart attack. As Lem drifts between life and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 17, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Robert Koehler

Pic's balance of emotional truth in the hands of a talented cast and charged by Medencevic's lensing and Kiril Dzajkovski's powerfully moody score, reps a bold step forward for Balkan cinema.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

You leave this film intrigued by its aspiration and not likely to forget the world it's introduced you to.

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Matthew Smith
Film Journal International

Macedonian blockbuster is more successful as a technical accomplishment than as an engaging narrative.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It is an impressionistic, sometimes fascinating, sometimes frustrating, window into a culture and country that was long walled off from the West.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Portentous melodrama.

Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The cinematic version should have focused on the strength of the orphans' tales, without wasting time with story framing.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

All of it, Chingo and Trajkov suggest, goes into shaping a Macedonian national identity uneasily poised between religious longing and ideological resolve.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The Great Water is ultimately about the indomitability of faith, and the Christian symbolism is laid on thick.

Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

The Great Water's greatest value is its depiction of a society that was as savagely committed to a false idea as its neighbor nations, but that somehow moved back toward reality -- and humanity -- before the Iron Curtain fell.

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