Blind Dates Georgia, Ukraine 2013 – 99min.
Sandro (Andro Sakvarelidze) is a 40-year-old teacher who still lives with his parents in Tibilissi. After yet another failed date, Sandro meets Manana (Ia Sukhitashvili), the mother of one of his students, and he falls in love. But Manana is married to Tengo (Vakhtang Chachanidze), who is in prison and about to be released. Determined to win her love, Sandro maneuvers himself into becoming Tengo’s chauffeur when he gets out. As a result of having to rub shoulders with the love of his life’s husband, Sandro realizes he will never be able to win her over.
The second film by Ukranian director Levan Koguashvili, in the wake of the popular Street Days. A lighter movie that is nonetheless thoughtful in the treatment of it characters, Blind Dates is a bittersweet comedy tinged with irony, with a complex and unpredictable narrative structure that still manages not to bog down the actors performances. Andro Sakvarelidze plays Sandro as a defeatist realist with an impassible air in all circumstances. The man has no desire to play along in the game of love and all that repeated dates entail, until he meets that woman who will turn his life upside down. A story both bitter and sweet, true and funny, that nevertheless doesn’t go overboard.