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The Trader

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Grim docu about rural poverty is emotionally intense.

Movie PG 2018 23 minutes
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This is an earnest, slice-of-wretched-life depiction uninterrupted by biased narrative or point-of-view-laced commentary. Filmmaker Tamta Gabrichidze presents the grim reality of the Republic of Georgia's rural poor as she finds it. At the brief movie's end, the trader returns to Tbilisi to sell his potatoes and play some cards at the market. He reports that he wasn't satisfied with his trip and its outcome because it took him two days to sell his potatoes instead of one. The filmmaker says nothing, but it's hard not to recognize that however disappointing his outing, he still enjoys enormous advantages over the villagers he left behind to their solitude and struggle. We learn he's going back tomorrow with more second-hand clothes, and other items -- "everything that is easily exchangeable," as he describes his offerings. The Trader ends as he begins the cycle again.

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