Blind Dates

Levan Koguashvili’s quietly enchanting film carves out an unpredictable path for its Tblisi bachelor protagonist that leads not so much toward love as a lovely sense of generosity toward all. Best friends since childhood, history teacher Sandro (Andro Sakhvarelidze) and former soccer player-turned-coach Iva (Archil Kikodze) teach at the same school, and both find themselves still single on the brink of 40. Sandro still lives with his parents, who are forever bemoaning his lack of marital status. When Sandro asks to borrow their car for a weekend trip to the seaside, they insist on coming along. There, the men meet up with a student and her mother (Ia Sukhitashvili), who is clearly interested in Sandro, though nothing is easy, since the girl’s father is currently in prison and will be getting out shortly. [Synopsis courtesy of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival]