Since Otar Left… (Georgia-France, 2003)

I hadn’t seen a film set in Georgia so this was intriguing. Of course you can’t be sure that this snapshot is a wholly accurate representation of life in the post-Soviet republic and it only focuses on one family. But it clearly is trying to give a sense of family life in post-Soviet times and the necessity of going to western Europe in order to earn money (here a doctor does so as a labourer). Fits into a number of movies looking at this diaspora. Well performed and competently directed but it never caught fire for me. (DVD) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0336264/

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