Tangerines 

Drama | Estonian, Russian with English subtitles | 87 minutes

Info

Ivo and his friend Margus are Estonians living in a rural village in the newly independent Caucasian country of Georgia. During the war between  Russian-backed regions of the country and  Georgians seeking independence, Ivo and Margus choose to remain   rather than leave for the safety of Estonia. Ivo harvests tangerines on his property while Margus constructs wooden crates to hold the picked tangerines. During a skirmish, a fighter from each side is wounded. Ahmed is  on the side of the  Russians while Nika is a volunteer for the Georgian separatists. Ivo drags both to his cabin and attends to their wounds. Ahmed and Nika vow to kill each other once they recover. Ivo receives a pledge from each that no killing will happen while both are recovering in his cabin. Gradually, Ivo helps Ahmed and Nika  feel a sense of humanity and honor in each other. When Russian ground forces arrive,  Ahmed and Nika find they  have a reason to face the attacking Russians together.    

Cast
Lembit Ulfsak (Ivo) / Elmo Nüganen (Margus) / Giorgi Nakashidze (Ahmed) / Misha Meskhi (Nika)
Why Stream This Film?
Filmed in Guria, Georgia, Tangerines  superbly depicts the issues of morality, conflict, reconciliation and pacifism.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
  • Metacritic Score: 73
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
  • Warsaw International Film Festival: Winner, Best Film; Best Director (Zaza Urushadze)
Set in the 1990s, in a war-torn corner of the Caucasus Mountains, the Estonian-Georgian production of TANGERINES is that great anti-war film that fans of the genre have been waiting for.
Michael O'Sullivan

The Washington Post

A tremendous anti-war film, by turns touching, moving and suspenseful.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

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