The only meaningful thing in life for the 90 year old Eka who lives in Tbilissi, Georgia, is receiving letters from Paris sent by her son, Otar. Her fifty-something daughter Marina resents her brother for leaving her with her mother who scolds her day and night, while her 20ish granddaughter, Ada worries about her future as the country’s economic slump makes it hard for her to find a stable job. When Otar suddenly dies, Marina and Ada deliberate on whether they should tell this news to Eka. They decide to forge Otar’s letter as if he is still living in Paris and with this, their lives take a drastic turn.
This film tells the story of lies built around Otar, but it also tells the story of hope. And through these three different generations of women, the film presents itself as a metaphor of the past, a present that shows no end, and a future that will never come. The first feature project by documentary filmmaker, Julie Bertuccelli whose delicate touches can be found in every corner of the film. (Lim Sung-min)
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Born in 1968, Julie Bertuccelli studied philosophy and has produced and directed several successful documentaries. She also worked as an assistant director of many world-renowned filmmakers such as Otar Iosseliani, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Emmanuel Finkiel and Rithy Panh. Since Otar Left is her first feature debut and received many awards at numerous film festivals including the Grand Prize at Critics’ Week of Cannes Film Festival 2003 and Best First Work award at Cesar 2004.