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(aka "Quchis Dgeebi" )


directed by Levan Koguashvili
Georgia 2010


Heroin addict Checkie (Guga Kotetishvili) is arrested while trying to score and the police want him to entrap Ika (Irakli Ramishvili), the son of his more prosperous former classmate Zaza (Zura Sharia), now a politician. Although Checkie is reluctant to betray the young man, who has asked him to procure drugs for him even though he has never used them, Checkie's wife Nino (Rusiko Kobiashvili) cannot pay their child's school fees and they are in danger of losing their apartment (the police have promised to help his family, suggesting that their motive for entrapping the politician's son are less than noble). Checkie becomes even more conflicted about betraying Ika since the young man takes an active interest in trying to help out his financial situation (even though he hopes to profit as well). When Ika's father proves unwilling to help Checkie, Ika strikes upon the idea to kidnap and ransom the daughter of his father's best friend for a suspiciously meager amount that will take care of Checkie's financial troubles and score Ika his first hit of heroin.

After a laboriously meandering set-up (with some overly broad comedy), the film picks up once Ika and Checkie form their unlikely duo. The junkie and the delinquent become quite endearing once they express frustrated concern for each other (hats off to Kobiashvili as well, making her nagging, long-suffering character sympathetic in a handful of scenes). At this point, director Levan Koguashvili - whose previous directorial effort was the documentary WOMEN FROM GEORGIA - and his co-writers gain a better handle of the black comedy, balancing comic and tragic incidents culminating in a finale that is simultaneously bleak and hopeful.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 19 January 2011 (USA)

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DVD Review: The Global Film Initiative (The Global Lens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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The Global Film Initiative

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:29:00

1.83:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.97 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Georgian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: The Global Film Initiative

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.83:1

Edition Details:
• Global Lens Trailer
• Global Lens Films
• About The Global Film Initiative
• DVD-ROM: Film Discussion Guide (.pdf)

DVD Release Date: May 15th, 2012

Chapters 12



The Global Film Initiative's DVD features an interlaced, single-layer, anamorphic transfer. Edge enhancement halos occasionally mar the intentionally drab-looking image and fine lines exhibit aliasing (note the teacher's outfit in the second cap). The audio for this 2010 theatrical feature is provided here in 2.0 stereo only. The burnt-in subtitles are difficult to read against bright backgrounds (the subtitles on Global's disc of THE TENANTS have shadows behind them to keep them readable), and there is one garbled sentence that seems like a botched reformatting job than a mere typo. There are no substantial extras except for a PDF Discussion Guide.

  - Eric Cotenas


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