The Wishing Tree
Drevo zhelania
Georgia (GE), 1977, 107 minutes
The Wishing Tree Synopsis

This poetic parable is part of Tenghiz Abuladze’s cinematic triptych: “The Supplication” – “The Wishing Tree” – “Repentance”. The place is Georgia at the beginning of the 20th century. That’s how director Tenghiz Abuladze described his film: “’The Wishing Tree’ is a film about the people lit up by a dream. Every character has its own ideal. One is worshipping the skies, another the earth, some idolize the body, others elevate the spirit. Some destroy the body, others the soul…” Marita, the film’s heroine, arrived here to live with her aunt. She meets a poor young lad, Gedia, and falls in love with him. But her relatives are determined to marry the girl off to a local rich man…

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Viewers sense a mixture of  poetry, fantasy and lyricism in this film by director Tengiz Abuladze. While the central focus is that of a tragic romance between Marita and Gedya,... more
Viewers sense a mixture of  poetry, fantasy and lyricism in this film by director Tengiz Abuladze. While the central focus is that of a tragic romance between Marita and Gedya, there are a handful of characters that bring variety and color to the film. Eccentric characters like Pupala and the man who is in search of the wishing tree are just some of them. One can observe  a vague humming sound in the background on particular scenes and  there is an invitation to meditate on underlying messages that the film aims to convey.  Uniquely genuine filmmaking and creative elements coming together into one contemplative movie.
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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
The scenic shots and the poppy fields are just one of the elements of this film that will stay with the viewers for a long time. This movie is part... more
The scenic shots and the poppy fields are just one of the elements of this film that will stay with the viewers for a long time. This movie is part of the trilogy directed by T. Abuladze that made him famous, since it was renowned and reaped many awards like the Lenin Prize, and  Repentance, which was part of the trilogy won Special Jury Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. This film tackles issues bordering on the psyche of people, there are hints of lunacy, romance, desires and escapes. Aside from the heroine Marita, the character of Pupala, a quite queer and unusual woman, steals the scenes with her colorful attitude and unconventional manner. It's also generally a peak into Georgian life during the '70s era. 
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