In the Georgian-Estonian film Tangerines (2013) at the end of the film as it rolls into the credits what is the song that is being played? It sounds like a rock/alternative song. What was the context and significance of the song?

  • The context was the credits. I don't know if songs chosen for credits necessarily have any particular significance other than aesthetic. – DA. Apr 22 '15 at 18:42
  • The song that plays right before the credits. I don't want to give spoilers but I would imagine there has to be some meaning the the song. – GlobalJim Apr 22 '15 at 18:49
  • Possibly, but remember that music is art and art is usually highly personal. It may have simply been a song that they felt fit well--regardless of any particular meaning. I think the only way to answer this would be to find a quote from someone involved with the decision making process for the soundtrack. (Which may very well exist.) – DA. Apr 22 '15 at 18:51
  • I will search....Do you know the name of the song by chance? – GlobalJim Apr 22 '15 at 18:54
  • I haven't seen the film. There are a few songs listed on the IMDB page, though. Did you check those? – DA. Apr 22 '15 at 18:59

So after finding some English translations of the song it has become quite clear of the significance of the song.

From my understanding the gist of the song is about coming home to a loved one and the fact that the person singing can't stop thinking about them. “I will swim over the sea, Don’t listen to anybody else saying I won’t come, I will come back to you, I will return.” --So it no surprise Nika had a cassette with this song on it given he is in a war. Like DA said in the comments it was probably also put there for aesthetic purposes.


The song was popular among fighters back in the war in 1992, Irakli Charkviani’s Qavagadi Navi (A Paper Boat) – a promise to return no matter what.


I found a complete English translation of this song (and great interview with the director) which has been haunting me ever since I saw this film a few weeks ago:

I want to be with you again Even when I fight, I am with you in my dreams I´ll be back, I´ll sail back on a paper ship I´ll come back to you from over the seas Don´t believe it if they say I won´t come back I will come back to you

— Irakli Charkviani, “A Paper Boat,” 1992

from: http://www.kinocaviar.com/tangerines.php

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    You might want to elaborate in which way this answers the question asked in order to make this a proper answer rather than a comment. – Napoleon Wilson Nov 11 '15 at 18:03

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