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'Tangerines': EW review

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Tangerines

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
89 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/17/15
performer:
Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nuganen, Giorgi Nakashidze
director:
Zaza Urushadze
genre:
Drama, War

We gave it a B-

Director Zaza Urushadze is counting on you not knowing the first thing about the 1992–93 Georgian civil war before watching his earnest but minor pacifist allegory. His script doesn’t contextualize the conflict. Instead, it takes the both-sides-are-bad path, focusing on conscientious objector Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak, a doppelgänger for Christopher Lee), who invites two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the war into his home—and can’t they all just get along? Tangerines, the first Estonian picture nominated for the foreign-film Oscar, has a heart as ripe as the citrus fruit of its title, but its message doesn’t yield much juice. B–

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