Armenian movies, both old and new, have always enjoyed great popularity in and outside Armenia. This is thanks to interesting plot and professional approach of the cast. However, there are several underrated Armenian movies that for some reasons have been targeted by critics and just movie lovers.
Though the overwhelming majority of Armenian movies are greatly accepted by Armenian movie lovers, there are still some movies which make you just say “well, it’s not that bad”. These movies are called underrated.
Anyway, after re-watching some underrated Armenian movies, many Armenians just say, “How I didn’t like it before. It’s just a masterpiece”. This is when they understand these movies didn’t deserve all the criticism they got.
We are here to share with you the most underrated Armenian movies for your next movie night. Let’s give them another chance, shall we?
Armenian Movies #1: “Nothing will remain”
Paper, coffee, a boring and impassive wife who is doing the ironing all the time, a family friend who seems to be rather unlucky. Arsen who is sick and tired of his marriage and wants to experience something new, something unusual. Finally, Elise who is full of passion and is able to make the most unfortunate person the happiest again and the happiest one, the most unfortunate.
Plus, a love-triangle that destroys short and long-term relationships without the slightest hope that everything will be the same again.
In a word, the Armenian movie “Nothing will remain” is about human character, disagreement, love, passion, eternal sadness and dissatisfaction.
Doesn’t this sound interesting? It sure is! But what is the reason that the Armenian movie “Nothing will remain” is a bit unrated by the Armenian society?
This is maybe because “Nothing will remain” doesn’t have a happy ending.
Besides, let’s not forget that Armenians are more into comedies. Armenians want to laugh out loud and have a lot of fun while watching a film, which is practically impossible in case of this tearjerker.
Anyway, it is really worth watching “Nothing will remain”, a film that will make you stop for a moment and think over several issues that have always seemed to you irrelevant.
By the way “Nothing will remain” is famous for its soundtrack composed and performed by a talented Armenian composer and singer Hayko.
Armenian Movies #2: “Taxi Eli Lava”
The Initial Reaction
These are some opinions about “Taxi Eli Lava”, an Armenian movie produced by “Sharm Holding” and created by 10 famous Armenian film directors and scriptwriters.
The movie consists of 10 short stories lasting about seven minutes each. Each story is shot in a definite genre and differs from the rest by its concept, as well as signature.
- “3000 years ago,”
- “Yerevan flies”
- “Seven minutes”
- “Yerevan ragtime”
- “The second Sunday of spring”
- “The title comes later on”
- “The hood”
- “You, go!”
- “Known and unknown love”
Yet, all the stories have something in common. Each episode describes the lifestyle and everyday problems of citizens of Yerevan, a city that Armenians are so much into.
Why Does This Armenian Movie Deserve More Attention?
If Armenians love their capital so much, the chances are they would love the film dedicated to their city as well. So, what’s the problem with this film?
First – the format! Many Armenians expressed the opinion that the episodes are not interrelated at all.
The format is really unfamiliar to many Armenians. It is not like traditional films. But let’s see the glass half full and not empty. You buy one ticket and watch 10 short films about a city that you LOVE. You didn’t like the first one? No worries! You will surely find your favorite(s) among the other 9.
Besides as the episodes are short, you won’t have time to get bored.
Second, many think the format and topic of “Taxi Eli Lava” is copied from “Paris, Je T’aime” or “New York, I love you”. Yes, the format is practically the same, but not the scenario, cast, the budget and finally the emotions that the audience experiences.
By the way, the taxi driver in the film occasionally meets the heroes of episodes and expresses his thoughts and positive mood. This way the directors aimed to show how small our city is and how well citizens know and care about each other.
In a word, some episodes will make you laugh, some will make you cry and others will make you think. This is what we call “Taxi Eli Lava”, a film full of action, melancholy, romance and most importantly love.
Don’t forget to follow this link and enjoy the catchy official soundtrack of “Taxi, Eli Lava” by an Armenian reggae band “Reincarnation”.
Armenian Movies #3: “The Killed Dove”
“The killed dove” (1898), written by an Armenian author Nar-Dos, has always topped the long list of best-selling Armenian books.
The novel is about a woman whose life is ruined because of a man’s negligence. She became a victim of a man who was loved more than he deserved, and cruel customs.
In a word, “The killed dove” presents a whole chain of complicated psychological analyses that makes readers think over some issues like love, passion, morality, family values, customs, public opinion, etc.
The novel became even more popular when in 2008, the Public Television of Armenia undertook the screening of the author’s homonymous novel directed by Hrach Keshishian.
Before the premiere the movie stimulated the Armenian moviegoers’ curiosity with its theme, professional cast and why not, erotic scenes.
The number of moviegoers showed the Armenian movie was a success. However, many critics and movie-lovers drew parallels between the book and the film. The overwhelming majority of Armenians gave preference to the book.
The most striking thing about this movie is that when you start a conversation about “The killed dove” and want to get some feedback about the film, in most cases Armenians start talking positively about the official soundtrack rather than the film itself.
Yes, the soundtrack composed by an Armenian composer Hayko and performed by Lilit Hovhannisyan really became a hit that touched even the cruelest person’s heart.
Listen and see how you like the soundtrack that came out to be more successful than the film itself.
Armenian Movies #4: “Earthquake”
Armenian history is full of victories and tragedies. Accordingly, there are a lot of Armenian paintings, songs, films dedicated to both the happiest and the darkest pages of Armenian history.
“Earthquake” is a Russian-Armenian drama film about one of darkest pages in Armenian history that is associated with December 7, 1988.
On this very day, because of Spitak earthquake, 25.000 dead bodies were brought out from the rubbles and 12.500 people were hospitalized.
The film tells a story about Konstantin Berezhnoy, a 50-year-old Russian, and Robert Melkonyan, a 28-year-old Armenian, who work together to rescue the desperate survivors.
“Earthquake” hit big screens in Russia and Armenia in late 2016. The film was even selected as the Armenian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
However, the film was disqualified by the Academy for not meeting the submission requirements. The Academy’s problem with the film was that there are too many Russians and an insufficient number of Armenians among the crew.
The film producers, as well as actors expressed disagreement over the claim and insisted the decision was politically motivated.
Mars Media sent to the Academy documents proving that the film was a coproduction between Armenia and Russia. Unfortunately, the papers were not given proper consideration.
As you could have guessed, the soundtrack was composed by Hayko.
Armenian Movies #5: “Anniversary client”
This 78-minute drama is about a man and a woman who after spending a night together, wake up and start to get acquainted with each other.
Intriguing, right? It surely is, but not for many conservative Armenians who are used to watching Armenian comedies, historic films, or films about homeland and “pure” love without intimate scenes and conversations.
This is the main reason that some Armenians underrated “Anniversary client” and found it has nothing to do with Armenian reality.
Besides, everything in the film takes place in a single room and many film lovers find it boring. Plus, many people hailed David Katsarava for he isn’t a professional actor. However, his colleges claimed that Katsarava managed to fully understand and express the protagonist’s emotions and thoughts.
Though there was a lot of controversy over the film, generally we can say that “Anniversary Client” was very successful in Armenian and foreign cinemas such as Toronto, Canada.
The film is full of love, passion, unexpectedness, disappointment, regret and happiness. In such a short time the man and woman live through such emotions that other people don’t even live in a lifetime.
You can find the full version of this movie here.
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