The Forgiveness of Blood
This is a movie that is looking at an Albanian family that’s caught up in a blood feud. The son is a teenager with a crush on a kid at school, and his whole life is turned upside down when his father is involved with a cousin about the rights of where he can take his cart to deliver bread. In the ensuing feud, there’s a death, and what happens is the elders of the village get together and decide that the whole family has to stay on house arrest until the husband turns up and is in jail. The kids have to leave school. This was done, apparently, with a whole lot of non-professional Albanian actors, and it really looks at sort of the conflict, to a certain extent, between the old and the new in terms of the traditions that are centuries old and the young people with cell phones who are trying to see their way through the world. I think even more than that, it looks at the changing role of what it is to be a man and what it is to take care of your family. I think it was actually a very good movie. It’s by the same director who did Maria Full of Grace, which was a lovely, soulful movie as well. So, I’d give it four stars.