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Keep Smiling by Rusudan Chkonia
03/09/2012
Keep Smiling by Rusudan Chkonia
Keep Smiling by Rusudan Chkonia
In the movie of a Georgian debutant one recognizes a distant echo of Milos Forman's Czech picture The Fireman's Ball, although this one is less funny and more melodramatic. The symptoms of social disintegration are different, too. Forman's movie satirized the real socialism, the Georgian one is set in the world of all-powerful mass medias. A TV competition for the "Georgian Super-mother" becomes a pandemonium. Patriotic pathos and the cult of the "heroic mother" yields to the ruthless logic of the mass medias. Show must go on, so would-be "super-moms" must strip on TV. Women solidarity will be crushed. What the TV-ideology calls "open society" means selling one's "true feelings" to please the audience, namely to humiliate oneself for the sake of a prize. But in this movie the traditional values are not just opposed to the new times and to the cynicism of the medias. This tragicomedy actually attacks the patriarchal Georgian custom behind the cult of the "heroic mother." (Tadeusz Sobolewski)
 
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