Monday, July 25, 2011

THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (Joshua Marston, 2011)

**½
USA/Albania
In the kind of Albanian mountain village where internet access is widespread but blood feuds still take place, a blood feud takes place. You will now make several assumptions about what kind of film this is, and yes, it is that kind of film. Within 10 minutes you have a clear idea of how the story will play out, but unfortunately there are still another 90 to go.

With lyrical crafting and reasonably complex characters, this plotline could conceivably hold a feature. But the crafting here is purely polished and workmanlike. As for the characters - they are certainly believable and some even sympathetic, but complex or compelling they are not quite.

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