Doar o rasuflare
Romania, 67 min
Romania. Seven years in the life of a family of believers, struck by the illness of a little girl suffering from spina bifida pass before the camera, with a polluted town scarred by unemployment serving as a background. Here, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, who had already directed a fine film on the elections in a Roma village (My Vote), immerses us in a very strong narrative structure, as is common in films that follow characters over a long period. The frontal position of the camera, combined with the precise composition of the shots, creates a space that corresponds to the closed world of its protagonists, to their mental space, never rattled by the personal and social dramas that they experience. The filmmaker shows faith tested by life, like a contemporary reinterpretation of the Biblical story of Jonas. Its perspective is secular yet does not show contempt for its characters: she likes them, while highlighting the absolutism of their vision of the world. The film thus digs, unrelentingly, into the contradictions of human nature.
International Feature Film Competition