The Forgiveness of Blood tells the story of an Albanian family who is caught in
a blood feud after the father of the household is wanted for the murder of a member of the rival family. The film's primary focus is on Nik and Rudina, the oldest son and daughter of the family. It's an immersive look into this archaic tradition where a family is forced out to never leave their homes out of shame for what one of them, in this care, their father has done. This is at least until the victim's family shows forgiveness. I honestly don't get why this film has gotten such rave reviews. If the directors intention was to show the absolute stupidity of this Albanian tradition then he definitely succeeded but I really had some issues with the son's character. I found Rudina to be a much more interesting character, who really stepped up for the sake of her family when she had too. This is the bitter opposite of Nik, who the director wants to focus on. As the film progressed I found myself growing more and more annoyed with Nik's actions. I really found the character to be a little bitch who was incredibly selfish, for a lack of a better term. I get the notion that his carefree lifestyle is interrupted by his fathers actions and how he is the main person who sees problems with this cultural practice but really all he does is sit around and mope. The film does have some strong aspects and does show the archaic, really quite ridiculous practice but I just couldn't get around how much the boy's character was a detriment to the experience.
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