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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, breathtaking and beautiful, 5 Jan. 2004
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This review is from: Ararat [DVD] [2002] [2003] (DVD)
You might understand some of the film content more if you are familiar with the story of the Armenian genocide, however I don't think it is essential to appreciate the way this event would affect anyone connected with it, even generations on. A film that has genocide as its core subject matter is going to be powerful - but the beauty of this film is the way that it handles the effects of this tragedy and also ties in unrelated subjects, giving the film more dimensions. There are several sub-plots that revolve around main story which is about the making of a film, and although this makes the story complex, the lives of the main characters are all linked together skillfully. To explain the story the director takes us through history and shows the genocide from the point of view of those that experienced it and also from those who had not even heard of it. It uses a customs officer to handle the theme of crossing borders and cultures, and making of the film within the movie aids the telling of the history. It jumps between themes of family relationships and of identity, and there are some painful and dramatic confrontations, and it is not an easy film to watch sometimes. But it deals very well with some painful real-life subject matter, and is a fantastic addition to any collection of world cinema
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