• Released
  • April 30, 2004
  • NR , 1 hr 34 min
  • Drama
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The Great Water Synopsis
A dying man recalls living in a Stalinis
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This unusual Macedonian release is engrossing if not always nimbly directed.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Nicely acted and stylishly photographed.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An anguished Macedonian drama.
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70

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Had the orphanage years been the first chapter in a longer story, The Great Water might've stretched toward a finish as unforgettable as...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Adapting the novel by Zhivko Chingo, director Trajkov and his co-scripter, Vladimir Blazevski, have created a searing memory piece. Suki...
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70

The New York Times

By Lawrence Van Gelder
What makes the film worth watching are the extraordinary performances by the more than 250 children cast as orphans.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Despite his reliance on visual cliché, Trajkov mines a rich vein of morbid Slavic comedy, and his young characters have an appetite for...
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Bleak political parable.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Ultimately about the indomitability of faith, and the Christian symbolism is laid on thick. But the story, adapted from a famous...
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50

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
Grim and frequently depressing, and despite the artistry of its framing it nonetheless is a very difficult movie to endure.
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Rated NR