Irina, is returning home from prison for a crime her family knows she did not commit. Once home, things don't go at all as expected. A dark and haunting study of people's unreasoning hatred of those who are different.
Director Dito Tsintsadze returns to his native Georgia with the story of a woman who struggles to fit into society after a prison sentence.
There aren't many films willing to plunge into the dark caverns of human society with the courage of Dito Tsintsadze's Inhale-Exhale. With utter simplicity and a masterful touch, the Georgian director (who has relocated to Germany) describes the murderous prejudices of a provincial mining town against anyone seen as different from the norm. This concisely told, haunting film won the grand jury prize at its bow in the Shanghai Film Festival's competition, while Salome Demuria (House of Others) took home best actress laurels for an achingly tough performance that is hard to forget.