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Georgian movie listed among The Best Films Of 2017 You Didn’t See
06 January, 2018
Georgian film My Happy Family has been named among The Best Films Of 2017 that one might not have seen by The Playlist, a leading film and television website, offering smart yet accessible news, analysis, critical takes and more for the film community. Lately Netflix purchased the rights on its distribution and now its already available for the international audience.

The film was directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross and it unveils the story of a middle-aged Georgian woman
who is overwhelmed with her everyday family problems and house chores and for the first time in her life decides to live separately and think about herself.
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Lead character  - Manana, actress - Ia Shugliashvili

“There’s a look, a pause and a cut in the beginning of Georgian filmmaker’s Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß’s excellent foreign language film “My Happy Family” that is simply ingenious and yet so simple; a testament to the cinema of subtle, but powerful glances. A broker is showing a 50-year-old woman (a fantastic Ia Shughliashvili) a new apartment and asks, “Do you have family?” Manana, whom we will soon discover has left her husband, children and grandparents to live on her own, just gives the best devastatingly weary and exhausted look and boom, the movie cuts to a crowded, noisy, bickering buzz of a hectic family household swirling around Manana like a hive of ungrateful hornets. Oh boy, she has a family alright. Ekvtimishvili and Groß’s heartbreaking, observant, intimate and empathetic drama is a story about liberation, but also a tale of a disregarded mother that wants to be heard and reclaim her life back from the throngs of loud, needy, thoughtless people around her.
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Scene from the film

Manana’s freedom comes with great pains and costs — in her culture, her exit is shameful and the family throws lasting daggers of indignities at her even when they beg her not to leave — but the emotional truths collected throughout the movie are staggeringly real. Netflix bought the enlightened, feminist drama about the smothering of societal pressures and the need to escape out of Sundance and…not such a hot job promoting the picture. But it’s just there, waiting for you, and you shouldn’t let this exceptional story pass you by. — Reads the small review at The playlist.
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Scene from the film

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was listed in the best films at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. Additionally My Happy Family competed at Sydney Film Festival as well.

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Georgian director’s My Happy Family already available on Netflix

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Source: The Playlist
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