Levan Koguashvili’s film — about a lonely 40-year-old schoolteacher who takes up with the wife of a soon-to-be-released convict — is a compassionate tragicomedy commenting on relationships and the profound emotional responsibilities they trigger.

Contemporary World Cinema

Blind Dates

Levan Koguashvili

Georgian director Levan Koguashvili's Blind Dates is a compassionate tragicomedy about bachelorhood's quiet desperation and its constant search for true companionship.

Single and balding, forty-year-old school teacher Sandro (a brilliantly straight-faced Andro Sakvarelidze) still lives at home under the daily scrutiny of his hilarious, ever-bickering parents. After a blind date fizzles out into emotionless absurdity, Sandro and his sidekick Iva (Archil Kikodze) take off for the weekend to a rainy seaside. There, the two have a chance encounter with hairdresser Manana (Ia Sukhitashvili). Love blooms — or, in accordance with Koguashvili and Boris Frumin's wry script, it broods — but it is short-lived. Manana's husband, Tengo (Vakho Chachanidz), is released from jail and soon enough, Sandro winds up embroiled in a scheme that will force him to choose between love and honour.

With a seasoned storyteller's sense of framing, Koguashvili delivers a compassionate film about arrested development persisting well into adulthood. Exhibiting a keen eye for human tenderness — with help from cinematographer Tato Kotetishvili — Blind Dates is ultimately a film about relationships and the profound and unpredictable emotional responsibilities they trigger. Part of Georgia's new and rapidly growing crop of talented filmmakers, Koguashvili is a director whose cinematic sensibility has us looking forward to what will no doubt be many wonderful films to come.

Dimitri Eipides

Screenings

Fri Sep 06

Scotiabank 7

Industry
12:00pm
Fri Sep 06

Jackman Hall

Regular
9:00pm
Sat Sep 07

Scotiabank 8

Regular
7:00pm
Thu Sep 12

Scotiabank 8

Industry
4:30pm
Fri Sep 13

Jackman Hall

Regular
2:30pm