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This spider's web of a narrative is fun to trace. Writer-director-editor Otar Iosseliani (who also plays one of the many flies) tells an intricate story about the decadent yet sympathetic residents of a Parisian estate and the effect their behavior has on the people who work for and with them. An elegant and strangely expressive live stork and a train set—refreshingly, the obvious metaphors are kept to a minimum—are among the amusements of some middle-aged and older characters; a young heir prefers to play at menial jobs, even as he pursues crime and romance a bit more seriously. The artistry with which the beautifully articulated imagery—and very little dialogue—is used to dramatize the elaborate plot is undeniable, as are the moments of sheer brilliance. But the social themes behind the cleverly, even subtly ironic experiences of the astonishing number of characters seem to evaporate as the credits roll. With Nico Tarielashvili. 118 min.

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