The Forgiveness of Blood

Synopsis: This film centers on a family in Albania, with main characters Rudina, the oldest daughter, and Nik, the oldest son. Both have a pretty normal life. Rudina is an A-student in high school hoping to continue on at university; Nik, very popular, is just falling in love with a classmate while dreaming of opening a business with a friend. Their father earns the family's income through a little bread delivery service, for which he shortcuts across his neighbours' ground. The neighbour resents this, even though the ground had actually once belonged to Rudina's and Nik's family. One day the conflict escalates and the neighbour gets killed by Rudina's and Nik's father and their uncle. Because the police only catch their uncle while their father successfully goes into hiding, the old law of blood feud is invoked against the family, whereby all males enter into virtual house arrest. Since only the women of the family can leave, Rudina has to quit school to continue her father's bread delivery ser
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Joshua Marston
Production: IFC Films
  4 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

Oh! Where did the ball go?

Keep your eye on the ball.

Come on, Nik. lt's easy!

You don't know how to play.

- Like you do?

- Look what you did.

So are we going

to the beach this weekend?

he water's still cold.

l don't care.

Even if it's freezing, l'm going in.

No matter what, huh?

We're going in no matter what.

Oh, you two are tough, huh?

You afraid of the water?

- Yeah, it's happening.

- We're going.

Hey, turn around.

- Nik.

- May l?

- Where have you been?

- With friends.

Have a sip.

l can't drink that.

- Come on.

- l can't.

he kitten

doesn't drink vinegar, huh?

- Cheers!

- Hello, Shpend!

- Hey there.

- Still celebrating?

Help yourself.

- How are the bride and groom?

- Young and in love!

Hey, Mark.

Are you collecting cigarettes?

ake it. ake Nik's too.

Wait, l'll give you another.

Very generous of you, Sokol,

but l don't want to get in trouble.

hey might be stolen.

At least we earn ours.

Relax, Mark.

You must be tired from moving

the stones on my land.

Maybe they move

by themselves.

Better be careful, Nik.

You never know

where those stones might fly.

Sokol, may you never get fat,

or you won't be able

to work our land.

o your health!

Here's to the health

of your horse Klinsmann,

and those shortcuts he takes.

Klinsmann thanks you

and leaves his respects

wherever he goes.

Even without Klinsmann,

we'd pull our cart

across our grandfather's land.


Why don't you go around, Mark?

You never know.


the long way is shorter...

and safer.

Stop it.



Cheers, old man!

Who you calling an old man?

Here you go.


l'll get that.

Go get ready.

Get the tomatoes from Uncle Zef's

and take them inside.

How'd you sleep?

Good. You? You're all up?


Has Mark left?

He's getting ready.

ln front of the mirror again?

- What's your problem?

- You're like a girl.

Watch it.

Staring at himself...

ls that what you're wearing?

What's wrong with it?


Roll down your sleeves.

- Leave them alone. hey're fine.

- Roll them down.

Just leave them.

hey're fine.

Unzip it.

Just leave me alone.

l know how to dress. You crazy?

Do whatever you want.

Leave me alone.

l'm just saying it looks ridiculous.

Breakfast is on the table.

- Roll your sleeves down.

- Go away.

Wake up the little ones.

l need to get ready for work.

Dren, wake up.

Bora, time for school.

Come on, get up.

Dad, can l have 200 lek?

l need a new notebook.

You go right through them.

But it's for school.

Rudina, here you go.

hank you.

Dren, finish your milk.

- l don't want any more.

- Finish it.

We need to move

the cement up to the roof.

For the back wall?

We'll do it tomorrow.

l'm off to work.


- Bora, where's your backpack?

- By the TV.

Go get it.

And get Dren's too.

Hurry up, Dren.

What are you doing?

No electricity?



- he keys.

- hanks.

Did you see her smiling?

Yeah, she was smiling.

She was, right?

Hang on.


Let's go.

You're crazy.

Four or five computers

and l'm set.

lt'll be awesome.

Yeah, right.

Where you gonna get the money?

Clear out, guys.

We've got work to do.

Move it.

But we were here first.

Come on. Let's go.

Clear out.


l swear,

it happened so many times.

He came and grabbed

my paper from behind.

He wouldn't let go.

Rudina, come on.

l'll give you a ride.

l'm going.

How was school?



he teacher gave us a quiz.

l had to talk about sponges.

he thing is,

people thought they were plants.

But they have, like, fins --


Yeah, like, fins

they use to beat the water,

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Joshua Marston

Joshua Jacob Marston (born August 13, 1968) is an American screenwriter and film director best known for the film Maria Full of Grace. Born in Los Angeles County, California, he graduated from Beverly Hills High School. Marston worked in Paris as an intern for Life, then for ABC News during the Gulf War. He returned to the United States and earned a master's degree in Political science from University of Chicago in 1994 before earning a Master of Fine Arts in film at New York University.Marston also directed an episode of Six Feet Under, and Episode 7 of The Newsroom in 2012. Marston directed a segment of the collective film New York, I Love You. His 2011 film The Forgiveness of Blood premiered in competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and competed for the Golden Bear. Along with Andamion Murataj, Marston won the Silver Bear for Best Script.In 2016, Marston made his English-language debut on Complete Unknown starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released on August 26, 2016 by Amazon Studios & IFC Films. Marston is currently directing Come Sunday for Netflix. more…

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