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also known as Gaigimet

Keep Smiling2012

  • 3.9
  • passes the bechdel test
"It's all about soul beauty, it's a beauty contest of Mothers, so dear Georgian mothers please keep on smiling." In 2010, a Mother's Beauty Contest is held in Georgia, Tbilisi. The winner will get an apartment and $25,000. Ten mothers, with seven of them belonging to the poorest population layer, will desperately try to win.

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BEWARE! This is not a comedy. It is dreadfully serious. If we are laughing, I am afraid we are disrespectfully out of synch. What I love most about FANDOR is that they give us access to films like this that NO ONE else would screen for us. Really, who would ever market this? I really was uncomfortable through this film, so I watched it twice. I have seen Olga Legrand in a few other films (she is very good in ARMY OF CRIME--a great, great film), including under her father's direction. She is good, but others really excel. At first thought, this movie made me uncomfortable with my conspicuously consumptive lifestyle. These GEORGIAN women will literally sell themselves out for a four room apartment and $25,000. I don't watch "SURVIVOR", but I've seen ads saying they play for a million dollars.

Before we laugh at how insulting and humiliating this "Mrs. Georgia" contest is, let's sit back and look at how reality television in the west is just as humiliating--first to the people who play o n the show--and then to those who watch it. I am fairly certain that a Psychiatrist would have a field day diagnosing the personality disorders of the people that play on Survivor. Perhaps the updated talent shows, THE VOICE, STARSEARCH, KEEP SMILING, etc are less obvious than the old "QUEEN FOR A DAY" show, but aren'they are all variations on a theme? So back to KEEP SMILING....I encourage you to watch it. I think it is a good film. It makes a powerful statement, while still being entertaining. I have never seen the Georgian language in script before, and that too is fascinating.

I wonder what it is like back stage at all of the new reality shows. I imagine there is usually a PRODUCER driving the "talent" (sic)with phrases like, "The show must go on!" Society has never had a shortage of Mephistopheles characters, and I believe we are all too much like Faust, as well. What for you is equal to a "Four room apartment and $25,000 prize?" addendum: I see that Netflix has added this, but I still prefer Fandor. I think Netflix is being a copy cat here.

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BEWARE! This is not a comedy. It is dreadfully serious. If we are laughing, I am afraid we are disrespectfully out of synch. What I love most about FANDOR is that they give us access to films like this that NO ONE else would screen for us. Really, who would ever market this? I really was uncomfortable through this film, so I watched it twice. I have seen Olga Legrand in a few other films (she is very good in ARMY OF CRIME--a great, great film), including under her father's direction. She is good, but others really excel. At first thought, this movie made me uncomfortable with my conspicuously consumptive lifestyle. These GEORGIAN women will literally sell themselves out for a four room apartment and $25,000. I don't watch "SURVIVOR", but I've seen ads saying they play for a million dollars.

Before we laugh at how insulting and humiliating this "Mrs. Georgia" contest is, let's sit back and look at how reality television in the west is just as humiliating--first to the people who play o n the show--and then to those who watch it. I am fairly certain that a Psychiatrist would have a field day diagnosing the personality disorders of the people that play on Survivor. Perhaps the updated talent shows, THE VOICE, STARSEARCH, KEEP SMILING, etc are less obvious than the old "QUEEN FOR A DAY" show, but aren'they are all variations on a theme? So back to KEEP SMILING....I encourage you to watch it. I think it is a good film. It makes a powerful statement, while still being entertaining. I have never seen the Georgian language in script before, and that too is fascinating.

I wonder what it is like back stage at all of the new reality shows. I imagine there is usually a PRODUCER driving the "talent" (sic)with phrases like, "The show must go on!" Society has never had a shortage of Mephistopheles characters, and I believe we are all too much like Faust, as well. What for you is equal to a "Four room apartment and $25,000 prize?" addendum: I see that Netflix has added this, but I still prefer Fandor. I think Netflix is being a copy cat here.

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seems horribly realistic about the challenges of day to day life in Georgia. It's amazing how, despite strong intentions to do otherwise, the film maker does make us care about these women, and ever so curious about their lives and stories. not a feel good movie, but then again, that's not why you come to Fandor.

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Smart, biting, horrific, complex. Watch it.

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one really beautiful 'non' mom_ Baya (who also isn't poor ) & my favorite Gvansta _ a sweet cast mostly fun for a lame beauty contest sort of goofy & breaks your heart mostly a 4 but a 5 at the end

i liked this a lot.