Sylvie Testud, Stanislas Merhar, Olga Legrand, Pascal Bongard, Georges Babluani, Leo Gaparidze / Fiction / French & Georgian
The holiday from hell - Georgian style.
When three French tourists to Georgia take a long bus to a remote mountainous region, there's nothing in the guide books to prepare them for what happens next. Encountering an old man and his grandson boarding a bus with an empty coffin, the trio and their interpreter get embroiled in a murderous blood feud between the old man's family and an enemy faction in a neighbouring village. Directed by Géla Babluani (director of the 2005 breakthrough hit 13 Tzameti, which he is now remaking in English) with his father Témur, The Legacy builds its tension through a slow accretion of low-key but beautifully observed detail, resulting in a movie with the dark lustre of an ancient folk horror. Along the way are sharp insights into the arrogance of western Europeans in former Soviet republics - and some deliciously lugubrious black humour.
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