Mona Paparu is a Romanian citizen of Hungarian nationality. By the Black Sea she meets a runaway convict, who takes her as hostage and locks them in a bungalow of a tourist camp. They spend the night together but the next day the police surround the camp and kill Viorel while he is trying to escape. The fruit of Mona and Viorel’s relationship is a baby girl whom Mona names Viorica… Mona is alone with her three-year-old daughter and she gives marionett performances to make a living. At a performance she runs into her father, Gigi Paparu, whom she has not seen in years. Paparu tells her that he is very ill and has to travel to Germany for an operation. He asks Mona to travel with him. The film is Mona Paparu’s account of her trips, her love affair and her calvary in Western Europe. —sff
A literatura na "Biblioteca Pascal" é mote para sádicas relações. após cair em uma armadilha, jovem vê-se escravizada e, para escapar, vai precisar de uma ajuda, digamos, surreal...Não dá pra falar muito do filme sem tocar em pontos nevrálgicos da história escrita e dirigida por Hajdu. O jovem realizador húngaro segura bem o clima de suspense e trata de um tema árido pelo viés da fantasia. Para engolir a seco.
Kusturican procession of that East European bent - subtly masking a mordant critique of socio-economic failure and capitalist debauchery - only to pave way for zip-whiz, mind-melding tall tale, drawing on everything from Parajanov, Beineix, Gondry and Pálfi to Wes Anderson. Above all, a measured, beguiling fantasia, and a testament to the power of imagination, and the saving grace of one’s dreams - not least in a society left wanting.
Ingenius and fascinating picture written by director Szabolcs Hajdu. Orsolya Torok-Illyes is downright amazing as Mona the narrator of our story. A strange mix of fairy tale, betrayal, magic realism and porn follows. Film's use of colour and contrast quite interesting but its the script and Mona's harrowing journey that keeps us enthralled. Top notch and look forward to more from this director.