Alex is a mid-thirties emotional and neurotic wreck. When his mother is suddenly hospitalized for a stroke, the caring son’s life is thrown even further off track. At the hospital Alex finds himself in a burlesque kind of human zoo – equally comic and dramatic, full of unexpected characters and surprising events. Desperately trying to cope with this new situation, he finds himself stuck between the well-intentioned advice of the doctors, his parents and his friends. Making himself more and more crazy, Alex makes his own set of mistakes – with the best intentions. –Locarno Film Festival
Adrian Sitaru is a Romanian director, producer and actor, born in 1971. He is the author of several short films, of which Valuri (Waves, 2007), the most well-known, has received numerous prizes. Notably, he also worked with Costa Gavras in the making of Amen. (2002).
His first feature film, Pescuit sportiv (Hooked), for which, besides being the director, he also wrote the script, has been screened in film festivals from Toronto, Palm Springs, Estoril and in the main competition of the 2009 Premiers Plans Festival in Angers, France.
In 2010, his latest short film, Colivia (The Cage) won the DAAD Short Film Award at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).
It seemed to my like an artificial Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Having the camera switching between POVs of characters the viewer doesn't identify with, seemed at first like a bold experiment, especially since a front-shot of the main character was probably the most used throughout the film. But the trick worked, and the film is a very engaging psycho-drama.
A dialogue-heavy family drama about an overly concerned son and his ill mother. Whilst certainly reflecting the complications of family Best Intentions becomes quite tedious in the long run, choosing to play the same note over and over. The subjective camera work is quite fascinating to watch and the acting feels natural and engaging. 2.5 stars
I discovered Adrian Sitaru when seeing his well-known short film "Waves" and I pretty much fancy the guy's directing skills. Same goes for "Best Intentions": liked a lot the camera handling and the change of perspective and adored some of the characters (the 'almost' mad lady from the hospital does the magic). However, the storyline was sort of boring as I can't ever empathize with the main character's paranoia.