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Brighton 4th

Released Jan 28, 2022 1h 35m Comedy Drama TRAILER for Brighton 4th: Trailer 1 List
89% Tomatometer 28 Reviews 44% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
In this portrait of parental sacrifice and the love of a father for his son, former wrestler Kakhi (played by real-life Olympic champion Levan Tediashvili) embarks on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There he finds him living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local Russian mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire. Read More Read Less
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A character-driven tragicomedy with surprising emotional weight, Brighton 4th pays sweetly affecting tribute to the power of parental love.

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Michael Rechtshaffen Los Angeles Times A gorgeously cinematic familial tragicomedy that constantly and movingly challenges expectations. Feb 11, 2022 Full Review Tom Long Detroit News As a film of family and community, “Brighton 4th” brims with heart. Rated: B+ Feb 10, 2022 Full Review Matt Fagerholm RogerEbert.com A tragicomedy that sneaks up on you stealthily before flooring you with an emotional sucker punch in the final reel. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 28, 2022 Full Review Filipe Freitas Always Good Movies Koguashvili prefers an intermittent caustic humor, connecting us with his sensitive character as he finds enough cultural specificity to keep the story afloat. Rated: 3/5 Oct 27, 2022 Full Review Kathy Fennessy Video Librarian Magazine Though Levan Tediashvili is hardly an expressive actor, his minimalist performance proves more affecting than that of a calculated approach. Kakhi looks as if nothing could rattle him, but he learns the hard way that stoicism has its limits. Rated: 3/4 Jun 17, 2022 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl Many of the actors in Brighton 4th, including the lead, are nonprofessionals... Coupled with the use of real locations and unfussy cinematography by Phedon Papamichael, the result is something that frequently feels like documentary rather than fiction. Apr 4, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Naniko Tsiklauri Ate and left no crumbs. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/16/23 Full Review dave d It is a really cool performance for Levan Tediashvili who plays a version of himself, but it is too slow and meandering to maintain a wandering mind. Luckily I played it on a quicker speed and the Georgian film with a heavy dose of Brooklyn rang a multi-pronged bell. In reality, it's fine. Perhaps a bit too restrained, the family dynamics are amusing and events have consequences. There is a slice of life feel, even if it may be a little bit outlandish for the middle of America folks. Solid, but never spectacular. Final Score: 6.2/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I just couldn't get into this film, so I stopped watching part way through. I wanted to see more of the inner workings of the Brighton Beach neighborhood and of the Russian-speaking community that inhabits it. Plus I was curious to see more of life in Georgia. But it doesn't seem like they give you much of that. It may be that I just didn't give it enough of a chance. I may try it again later. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review brent m How far can one's sense of compassion and helpfulness extend? That's what director Levan Koguashvili's third narrative feature explores in this heart-tugging comedy-drama about an aging Georgian wrestler who travels from his homeland to New York's Brighton Beach neighborhood to help his son resolve a sizable gambling debt. The veteran grappler settles in at a boarding house run by his sister-in-law, where he meets a host of colorful characters and becomes involved in helping many of his fellow immigrants resolve various thorny issues of their own. The film thus paints a portrait of a Samaritan who's always looking to help make things right for others, no matter what it takes, employing everything from "polite" physical intimidation to telling "good lies" to assuage tender feelings, even if his efforts mean having to exert himself in the process. The result is a touching tale that stirs an array of viewer emotions. While the narrative tends to meander somewhat at times, the pieces that make up this story nevertheless collectively depict a close-knit community in which individuals generally support one another through thick and thin and still rely on such traditional conventions as good faith and personal honor, even in dealings of a shady nature. We can learn a lot from that in a day and age when such values have come to be seen as outmoded and sentimentally quaint, a lesson that can help us wrestle with life's challenges while maintaining an honorable sense of dignity and decency. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this portrait of parental sacrifice and the love of a father for his son, former wrestler Kakhi (played by real-life Olympic champion Levan Tediashvili) embarks on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There he finds him living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local Russian mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire.
Director
Levan Koguashvili
Producer
Levan Koguashvili, Irakli Rodonaya, Olena Yershova, Michel Merkt, Kateryna Merkt
Screenwriter
Boris Frumin
Distributor
Kino Lorber
Production Co
Broken Cage Studio, Moskvich Films, Garabanda, Give Me Liberty Mfg., Tato Film, Georgian National Film Centre, Kino Iberica, Art Fest, KNM, Georgian National Broadcaster
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
Georgian
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 28, 2022, Limited
Box Office (Gross USA)
$22.3K
Runtime
1h 35m
Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)
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