Since Otar Left

Since Otar Left


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A family is forced into deception for the sake of their matriarch in this poignant drama. Three generations of women share a tiny apartment in Tbilisi, a Georgia city that has been devastated by war, political instability, and a ruined economy. Eka (Esther Gorintin) is an elderly woman whose health is failing, but her will remains strong and she holds sway over the household. Eka's daughter, Marina (Nino Khomassouridze), is a middle-aged woman who is still dealing with the devastating circumstances of her childhood and the death of her husband. And Marina's daughter, Ada (Dinara Droukarova), is a college student who feels trapped by her circumstances and abraded by her lack of privacy; she has a lover, but since she must share a bed with her mother, they can only make love in his car. The light of Eka's life is her son, Otar, who has fled Tbilisi and lives in Paris. Otar writes frequently and sends money as often as he can, and while Marina resents her mother's obvious favoritism toward her brother, she and Ada realize how important his letters are to her. While Eka is visiting friends, Marina and Ada receive devastating news -- Otar has died in Paris, and since he wasn't carrying his visa when his body was found, he's been buried in an unmarked pauper's grave. Afraid this news would be a severe blow to Eka's poor health, Marina doesn't tell her mother what has happened, and Ada begins writing letters as Otar to maintain the illusion that he's alive. The ruse works well enough until Eka announces she's raised enough money by selling her possessions to visit her son in France. Depuis Qu'Otar Est Parti... (aka Since Otar Left) is the first feature film from director Julie Bertuccelli; it received an enthusiastic reception when it was screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
UPC: 0795975106337
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Time: 1:39:00

Special Features

Gorgeous 16:9 transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Making-of documentary with 55 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, narrated by director Julie Bertucelli; Twelve deleted scenes; U.S. theatrical trailer; Optional English and French subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Esther Gorintin Eka
Dinara Droukarova Ada
Nino Khomasuridze Marina
Rusudan Bolkvadze Roussiko
Sacha Sarichvili Alexi
Temur Kalandadze Tengiz
Douta Skhirtladze Niko

Technical Credits
Julie Bertuccelli Director,Screenwriter
Stephane Batut Casting
Roger Bohbot Screenwriter
Emmanuelle Castro Editor
Emmanuel de Chauvigny Production Designer
Antoine Duhamel Score Composer
Diana Elbaum Co-producer
Dato Evgenidzé Score Composer
Yaël Fogiel Executive Producer
Thomas Gauder Sound/Sound Designer
Laetitia Gonzalez Associate Producer
Groupe 33 Score Composer
Henri Morelle Sound/Sound Designer
Arvo Pärt Score Composer
Christophe Pollock Cinematographer
Nathalie Raoul Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Renucci Screenwriter
Gabriele Roux Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Otar's Letter [11:07]
2. News From Paris [13:33]
3. The First Lie [10:10]
4. Ada [9:13]
5. Waiting [8:42]
6. Niko Returns [10:08]
7. Eka's Secret [7:28]
8. City of Lights [15:08]
9. Alone With the Truth [9:16]
10. End Credits [3:50]

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