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288 Ratings

Letters to Max

Directed by Eric Baudelaire
France, 2014


A record of the epistolary encounter between French artist and filmmaker Eric Baudelaire and Maxim Gvinjia, former Foreign Minister of the breakaway Caucasian state of Abkhazia, Letters to Max is both a chronicle of a developing friendship and an ingenious and unusual essay film.

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Letters to Max Directed by Eric Baudelaire
It is only in the closing stages of the film that the issue of displaced Georgians is brought to the fore; while Max expresses limited sympathy, the refugees’ voices remain unheard. While not without its rough edges, Letters to Max is a beautiful and enlightening portrait of an all but forgotten corner of Eastern Europe.
October 02, 2015
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Baudelaire is clearly interested in the interstices between reality and fiction, truth and falsehood, but these images of life amid ruined landscapes have an incontrovertible documentary power in their own right.
March 14, 2015
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The movie leaves much of this story unspoken, but not unfelt. Its subject is the great difficulty of creating a historical narrative around a place, of making a place divulge its secrets, and, by extension, of orienting oneself in a place—physically and morally.
February 24, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Letters to Max

    A film about Abkhazia - its past, complicated situation, and a possible future. This serves as a reference point, because underneath there lives another layer - the film asks interesting questions about ourselves, our memory, the substance of a "nation". It gets quite strong towards the end - a reminder of how subjective (not to mention our selective memory) we are by nature. A unique and honest cinema.

  • askapsaskis's rating of the film Letters to Max

    A somber, fascinating film. To a large extent it is about Abkhazia, but Max delivers a very personal narrative of the "impossible" country's history. Eric's lingering camera offers a quiet, intimate portrait of decay that is not entirely without hope. These images are absolutely beautiful, and the two friends' correspondence poses important questions about how we understand our place in the world.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Letters to Max

    Take note filmmakers. It turns out that the visuals don't have to exactly match what is being said, or even have the person talking directly into the camera. Lots of excellent choices made in this film. It's just that when you look into the ethnic cleansing of the Georgians and Max's attitude towards that, that the film is so much more about what wasn't said or asked. "Hey, Max. What about the genocide?"

  • Philippe Dumez's rating of the film Letters to Max

    A la fin de son film, Eric Baudelaire explique : "Il y a quelques semaines, quand je postais une de mes lettres, un homme a aperçu l'adresse sur l'enveloppe. Je lui ai dit que j'envoyais une lettre en Abkhazie. Je voyais qu'il ne me croyait pas mais que l'histoire lui plaisait". C'est le parfait résumé de ce documentaire à mi-chemin entre la réalité et la fiction - au même titre que [sic], du même auteur.

  • Alex's rating of the film Letters to Max

    I really liked this one. What Grabbed me was the sincerity and sweetness of Max's responses and the camera work. Audio and Images never turned too borishly relatable, I was seduced by a certain mood created by the two put together. It was this mood that made it an ultimately pleasurable experince. I wich more films were made with such patience and authenticity. With all that said, this isn't a film for everyone.

  • mgaspa's rating of the film Letters to Max

    Con esta pelicula he entendido muchas cosas que desconocia. Es como una vision del reves de la realidad que normalmente nos es dada donde se refleja solamente los intereses geopoliticos de nuestros respectivos paises.

  • Julian Renard's rating of the film Letters to Max

    Film assez remarquable par sa réalisation. Je crois que c'est la première fois que je regarde un film épistolaire (est-ce que cela existe vraiment ?). Je ne suis pas non plus habitué à l'intervention d'un narrateur omniscient. Le thème de l'identité est traité avec beaucoup de poésie. C'est un film qui donne à réfléchir. Je ne mets pas 5 étoiles car le rythme est un peu trop lent pour moi.

  • raggiodisole's rating of the film Letters to Max

    Epistolary beginnings maybe, but more of a plea for nationhood, with Q&A hosted by curious filmmaker. raises intriguing points and questions about what a country is though

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