Ali and Nino
Directed by Asif Kapadia
Muslim prince Ali and Georgian aristocrat Nino have grown up in the Russian province of Azerbaijan. Their tragic love story sees the outbreak of the First World War and the world’s struggle for Baku’s oil. Ultimately they must choose to fight for their country’s independence or for each other.
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★★★★ review by Rethaam Alzahrani on Letterboxd
A quiet start and an unforgettable ending for stunning love story..💘💘💘
★★★½ review by Khalid AlAsiri on Letterboxd
يحكي قصة عشق بين أمير مسلم و أميرة مسيحية تدور أحداثه في أذربيجان مع بداية الحرب العالمية الأولى ، تصوير و أنتاج الفلم جيد ، القصة و تسلسل الأحداث جميل و نهاية الفلم رائعة ، تركزت قصة الفلم على الدراما و كيف تدور الأحداث بين التقاء العشاق و تفريق الحرب لهم ، وتتضمن رسالة "بدون الوطن لا توجد حياة" .
★★★★★ review by missmeganmann on Letterboxd
I thought this was a really special movie.
In the Middle East, it’s difficult to marry outside of your own religion. It was even more so during World War I. Ali and Nino are from two different religions, two different countries. And when they plan to marry, her father says no. However, after a kidnap attempt and a murder, Ali is sent away and Nino is left sad and alone.
Their love story carries them over religion, over many borders and through a war. It’s war, it’s love, it’s drama, hope and humanity. It’s not a story easily forgotten.
★★★½ review by Vlada on Letterboxd
Strong story, cinematography will leave you in awe, beautiful directing, talented actors, wonderful music.
I need to read the book and then rewatch this movie.
★★★★★ review by Des Saint on Letterboxd
A beautifully crafted movie about Azerbaijan during and post WW I.
A Muslim and a Christian, from prominent families, fall in love and against their parents' wishes, and get married.
Their union is tested by two wars as is his choice for undying love for his woman and the need for martyrdom.
The cinematography is superb in depicting a by gone era and the culture that defined it.
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