Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The President
Releases June 3rd 2016 (NYC/Lincoln Plaza Cinemeas - Limited)
1 hr 55 mins
Not Rated


Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Writer: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Misha Gomiashvili as the President
Dachi Orvelashvili as the Grandson
Eka Kakhiani as the President’s wife
Nuki Koshkelishvili & Elene Bezarashvili as the President's daughters

A brutal dictator comes face to face with the injustices committed by his regime when his country is taken over by revolutionists.

Review by Stephen M.

The President is a good chuckle of what life on the lam a dictator may face after being overthrown courtesy of an uprising.  If only Kim Jong-Un, Bashar al-Assad and similar folks could watch this movie and see as The President played superbly by Misha Gomiashvili did in the film.  The Georgian film (the country, not the state) will be playing in limited release beginning this Friday with English subtitles and is worth a watch if you like dark comedies/dramas.

I love the dynamic between The President and his grandson (Dachi Orvelashvili) which joins him on the run.  Dachi as well as the child actress that plays Maria both does a wonderful job in the film.  The plot while clever does at time drags a bit and of course just seems incredibly implausible that the duo goes undetected as long as they do.  The camera work wasn't as good as it could have been and often at times shaky or just panning way too fast.

Overall I would recommend watching it if you can despite its flaws.  Especially with all the news of various dictatorships over the last decade getting their comeuppance, it's not hard to imagine and picture them as the president in the film.  The topics at times are quite stark even though it is not very graphic.  So I wouldn't recommend watching it with a child despite the inclusion of a child in the film as one of the main actors.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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