Repentance: The Film Companion by Josephine Woll

By Josephine Woll

Tengiz Abuladze's allegorical movie, made in Georgia, is the simplest recognized movie of the Perestroika and Glasnost years. With its outspoken and arguable connection with the Stalin period and Stalin's position within the Soviet psyche, ""Repentance"" was once initially shelved yet eventually published in 1986 to frequent well known and important acclaim. This KINOfile investigates the construction, context and demanding reception of the movie, and the folk who made it, and offers an research of the movie itself and its position in international cinema.

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Nino grabs one and stomps on it. Slow pan to reveal Varlam in doorway. She sinks to her knees, kisses his shoes. Varlam stands stock-still, then steps over her. Birds twitter throughout. Music: scratchy recording of theme from Sous les toits de Paris. Terrible inversion of Varlam’s genuflection to her. During the Great Terror, this was a code phrase for ‘executed’. 44 ‘Mr Varlam help us, I beg of you. Sandro is perishing. ’ She repeats that women with children don’t have to wait in line. ’ II 9 Sepia tones.

Sandro recognizes the need for research, but not at cost of cultural destruction. ’) 28 Camera pulls back: Sandro is with older couple, by appearance well-to-do members of the intelligentsia. Doksopoulo enters, stands at center screen. Varlam is nearly off-screen. II 3 Varlam is seated amid greenery. He smiles as Sandro speaks. Finals 6 June 2001 Repentance Cu of pendant fruit, doubling as a microphone. Camera points straight up at palm fronds, glass roof of solarium; zoom to guards above, pacing on roof; they wear medieval armor and carry halberds.

She looks up at the judge’s words and stands to make her statement. I 8 Ls of red-carpeted central staircase. A woman in white flanked by two men emerges at top and begins to descend. The men wear medieval armor and carry halberds. Judge in wig and flat-topped velvet cap plays with Rubik’s cube. Other judges and lawyers similarly attired. Keti wears white suit, black sling, lace-trimmed white hat. In first row of spectators, Guliko wears white fur stole, black dress, necklace. Finals 6 June 2001 21 22 4 The knights lead Keti to her trial Finals 6 June 2001 Repentance 6 June 2001 Repentance: Frame Analysis 23 5 Keti proclaims her defiance Finals FLASHBACK II 1 Girl blows bubbles on balcony, wearing white blouse and black vest; curtained window behind her, one red flower visible.

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