During the 1992-1993 War in Abkhazia, two Estonian farmers take care of two wounded soldiers from opposing sides, who threaten to kill each other as soon as they’ve regained enough strength. A compelling drama with a message of peace that is relevant to every ethnically motivated conflict around the world. The set-up may look like wishful thinking, but the process that the soldiers go through while being nursed back to health in a very cloistered environment feels credible, although it relies on a fundamental decency of its characters that is far from a typical human trait. Great cast, a suitably melancholy music theme, and interesting rural locations in Georgia.
2013-Estonia-Georgia. 87 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Ivo Felt. Written and directed by Zaza Urushadze. Music: Niaz Diasamidze. Cast: Lembit Ulfsak (Ivo), Giorgi Nakashidze (Ahmed), Elmo Nüganen (Margus), Mikhail Meskhi (Niko).
Trivia: Original title: Mandariinid.
Last word: “The subject of Abkhazia stays important to Georgia. What is now happening in South Ossetia – the systematic shifting of borders, inch by inch, to Georgia’s constant disadvantage – causes strong reactions among Georgian citizens. And, being a citizen of a small country, I cannot stay calm observing these attempts to deprive us of a part of our territory. However, my film should not be perceived as a statement or a form of engagement in political infighting between states.” (Urushadze, East Book)