My Happy Family (2017)
December 31, 2017 2:55 PM - Subscribe

Tbilisi, Georgia, 2016: In a patriarchal society, an ordinary Georgian family lives with three generations under one roof. All are shocked when 52-year-old Manana decides to move out from her parents' home and live alone. Without her family and her husband, a journey into the unknown begins.

This film takes place in the part of world that I've studied and lived in for the last 2 decades, so it is very close to my heart.
This was picked up by Netflix and came out on Dec 1 to rave reviews.
I'm not entirely sure if people not acquainted with this part of the world will enjoy this as much but the overall theme of a woman breaking away from traditional roles is great and the acting is superb.
If you like films where you are plopped into another culture, this is for you.
posted by k8t (2 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Ooh, I will have to check this out! Even if it will make me crave khinkali.
posted by solotoro at 8:16 AM on January 3, 2018

I saw this tonight. I really liked it. I know nothing at all about Georgian society, though so many patriarchies seem the same. I saw Wadjda recently too and I am just always going to like the story of a woman breaking away from patriarchal societies a bit, and things turn out okay.

I thought Ia Shugliashvili did a fantastic but subtle job as Manana. I dunno, when it was over I realized I was never bored; somehow it was not boring watching her slowly plant a couple tomato plants. But maybe they had me at the rustling of the trees outside her apartment windows. Not a lot happens in this movie but it tries to offer up the kind of quiet gentleness that Manana wants in her life.
posted by fleacircus at 11:52 PM on May 16, 2020

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