The forgiveness of blood

The forgiveness of blood

DVD - 2012 | Albanian
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In northern Albania a teenage brother and sister are physically and emotionally trapped in a cycle of violence, a result of their father's entanglement with a rival clan over a piece of land.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2012]
ISBN: 9781604656428
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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elpostino
Feb 25, 2017

This movie is a wonderful window on a different world unknown to most westerners. The global modern life of internet, mobile phones and video messages appear as a dressing on the surface. Yet the core of social live belongs to old culture and traditions. While religion is mostly dissipated, the resulting norms of justice are preserved without questioning.
The delivery of the movie as a package, especially the acting of young characters, is worth mentioning.

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ThomasJWhiting
May 24, 2015

Interesting movie about Albanian blood feud between two families. It was my introduction to the Kanun, an ancient code of behavior still practiced in Albania.

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JackPurcell
Mar 05, 2015

A movie well worth watching.

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Nursebob
Dec 20, 2014

A longstanding feud between pig-headed neighbours Mark and Sokol over a piece of contentious land erupts in a heated exchange of insults one day. Angry words quickly lead to a violent confrontation in which Sokol is stabbed to death—Mark swears it was self defense but the dead man’s family claim it was cold-blooded murder. With Mark now hiding from the authorities his family is left to face the harsh penalties imposed by the Kanun, an ancient code of justice used for centuries to settle disputes, punish wrongdoers, and preserve honour. Now confined to their home the family must eke out a living as best they can—only eldest daughter Rudina is allowed to leave the house in order to continue her father’s bread delivery business while the younger siblings are homeschooled and her older brother Nick tries to keep himself occupied building a backyard gym, its brick walls echoing his own sense of isolation. But Sokol’s relatives, especially a hot-headed cousin, are not content with the arrangement and as long as Mark remains free they wage a campaign of intimidation and vandalism against his family. And even as Rudina proves to be a somewhat shrewd entrepreneur Nik, now cut off from his friends and sweetheart, slowly begins to unravel… In a village setting of striking contrasts (smart phones and horse drawn carts) American director Joshua Marston’s low-keyed parable examines the cost of pride and the equivocal nature of honour; the serpentine requirements of the Kanun appearing as just one more anachronism—albeit a deadly serious one for to defy its precepts is to invite fatal retribution. As both Mark and Sokol’s family dig their heels in the question of guilt or innocence takes a back seat to revenge and saving face. And, as always, it is the bystanders who bear the brunt. Alas even the promise of a mediator (with a lucrative agenda of his own) and Nik’s own act of selflessness (goaded by a sense of guilt perhaps) fail to move this particular mountain leading to a glum ending as needless as it is sad.

avisualfeel Dec 07, 2014

Beautifully told believable story of Albanian villagers struggling with ancient ways. The price of misunderstandings and revenge...

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 30, 2013

Two families in a modern-day Albanian village had their feud and hatred for each other escalated when one man was murdered. Old tradition kicked in and put the young son of one family in danger. The film is about the children belonging to the younger generation trapped in a culture and custom that they don't understand and have no part in. An interesting cultural piece of cinema. English subtitles.

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