The Forgiveness of Blood

When an archaic code of justice confines 17-year-old Nik and the male members of his family to their home, his younger sister becomes the breadwinner. But the housebound Nik is so miserable that he's willing to risk his life to end the confinement.
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We don't see any blood, or much forgiveness either, but we do witness something far more resonant - a young generation caught between the rock of tradition and the hard place of modernity.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
A heartbreaking Albanian film that counts the toll a family feud takes on all involved.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
The leads -- both non-actors -- hit sharp, natural notes.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
Tradition can be dangerous as well as dumb. "The Forgiveness of Blood" is about a modern kid in an old-world society. It's a terrible fit.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
It's a thriller that feels like a documentary.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
Marston artfully uses handheld cameras and natural light and has a nice eye for compositions.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
A satisfying, psychologically complex tale of a teenager caught in a blood feud in the craggy countryside of Albania.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
"The Forgiveness of Blood'' works as a subtle but insistent metaphor for a modern generation trapped by the shibboleths of their elders.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
It's intelligent, well-intentioned, and largely inert.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Reader  full review
What seems missing is a good notion of how this Albanian society functions on a daily basis. Surely a family cannot live under house arrest forever?
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
An immersive look at the power of archaic traditions to sabotage a transitioning culture.
The film's director, Joshua Marston, is American, but, as in his previous film, Maria Full of Grace, about a Colombian girl who accepts a job as a drug smuggler, he does a commendable job of immersing himself in a foreign culture.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
A suspenseful work using nonprofessional actors and co-written with an Albanian filmmaker...
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
A work of fiction, based on present-day fact, that's quietly affecting and surprisingly dramatic, so long as you're willing to watch it unfold at its own deliberate pace.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
The Albanian tradition of blood feuds partly inspired Mr. Marston to make this story, yet what gives it shape are the more familiar conventions of the classic art film, including narrative ambiguity, ellipses and silence.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
More a story of whispers when cries are what's called for with lives, livelihoods and family honor on the line.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
There is so much to admire in Joshua Marston's "The Forgiveness of Blood" that it's easy to overlook the miracle at its center: Marston's artistic idealism.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 109 min
  • Available From: Oct 13, 2012
  • Queued by: 127 people
Directed By
Joshua Marston
Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Lacej, Refet Abazi, Ilire Vinca Celaj

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