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2.5 out of 4 stars

Title
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Directed by
Tinatin Gurchiani
Genre
Documentary
Classification
PG
Country
Georgia/Germany
Language
Georgian
Year
2012

Following the lead of Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1995 film audition documentary, Hello Cinema, Georgian director Tinatin Gurchiani uses the guise of a movie audition to tap into the hopes of her young countrymen and women in these free-form portraits of rural life. From the audition studio, the camera follows the subjects into their lives in melancholic, poetic vignettes. The interview subjects' characteristic self-deprecating humour provides some moments of warmth, but the prevailing stories of the Abkhazian war, family separations and personal disappointments leave the impression that Georgia's leading industry is the battle against depression.

April 27, 1 p.m., Lightbox; April 29, 8:45 p.m., ROM; May 2, 6 p.m., Scotiabank.

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