• Released
  • February 24, 2012
  • (Limited 2/24)
  • NR , 1 hr 49 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
While The Forgiveness of Blood lacks the narrative momentum of director Joshua Marston's previous film, "Maria Full of Grace" - it is nonetheless fascinating.
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88

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
It's a thriller that feels like a documentary.
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
It's the kind of movie that makes the world feel like a smaller place, suggesting that the similarities connecting us across continents and cultures are more resonant than the things that divide us.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This gripping if tamped-down drama is steeped in ancient Albanian culture, where the real, tragic consequences of blood feuds can keep families trapped in their homes for generations.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There is so much to admire in Joshua Marston's The Forgiveness of Blood that it's easy to overlook the miracle at its center: Marston's artistic idealism.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Quietly affecting and surprisingly dramatic, so long as you're willing to watch it unfold at its own deliberate pace.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Marston's a miniaturist even when The Forgiveness of Blood calls out for larger gestures, and you occasionally sense a more bruising, compelling movie lurking behind this one.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The nonprofessional cast is convincing, especially Lacej, whose Rudina registers more strongly than Nik.
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75

NPR

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Richly photographed by Rob Hardy (who gave Red Riding: 1974 its almost surreal bleakness), this meticulously researched story (Marston spent a month interviewing families trapped in these vendettas) reveals a culture dominated by male pride and patriarchal selfishness.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A suspenseful work using nonprofessional actors and co-written with an Albanian filmmaker, shows Marston is no one-hit wonder.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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