A filmmaker puts out a casting call for young adults. The director wants to make a film about growing up in her home country, Georgia, and find commonalities across social and ethnic lines. She travels through cities and villages interviewing the candidates who responded and filming their daily lives. The boys and girls who respond to the call are radically different from one another, as are their personal reasons for auditioning. Some want be movie stars and see the film as a means to that end; others want to tell their personal story. Together, their tales weave a kaleidoscopic tapestry of war and love, wealth and poverty, and create an extraordinarily complex vision of a modern society that still echoes with its Soviet past.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The film produces moments that catch in the throat, like the man who sheepishly admits he would need rehearsal to laugh on cue. Then he adds, softly, "But cry, no problem."Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 08.08.2013
Tinatin Gurchiani's accomplished first feature The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear offers an impressionistic, somewhat poetical view of current life in her native former Soviet territory.Dennis Harvey, Variety, 01.22.2013
A visit to the depressed, rural mire of a nondescript country.Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, 01.22.2013
A film less regional than universal in its presentation of the human urge to reshape oneself with others' help.Aaron Cutler, Village Voice, 08.06.2013