Fiddler on the Roof notwithstanding, there are probably some traditions that are best to be abandoned. At the beginning of The Forgiveness of Blood, a longstanding feud between two Northern Albanian families results in murder, and the kin of the now-fugitive killer finds itself paying for the crime by imprisoning itself at home as a safeguard against retaliation. Director Joshua Martson -- who previously ventured into unexplored terrain with the justifiably praised drug-mule drama, Maria Full of Grace -- here explores the surprisingly complex world of the blood feud through the eyes of two of the imprisoned teens: son Nik and daughter Rudina (played respectively by Albanian newcomers Tristan Halilaj and Sindi Laçej), finding empathetic drama in the midst of violent acts.
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