Narrated from beyond the grave by its main protagonist, this animated feature-length documentary tells the life story of Crulic, a 33-year-old Romanian, who died in a Polish prison while on a hunger strike. On July 11, 2007, an important Polish judge is robbed and around 500 Euros are withdrawn using his credit cards. On September 10, Crulic is accused of the crime and brought to the Krakow Detention Centre, where he immediately starts a hunger strike. Claiming he was in Italy on the day of the theft, his demands are clear: he wants a meeting with a Romanian Consulate representative and another attorney. At the beginning of 2008, Crulic’s deteriorating health prompts the court to release him. But it is too late; the young man dies sixteen hours later. –Locarno Film Festival
This film is powerful because it's awkward. You don’t take a person like Crulic (with all his regular photos and regular clothes and regular life story) and show him in such a positive and humane manner. You have at least to make him read Dostojevskij and have some particularly interesting thoughts or make him an illegitimate son of a king or a great poet. otherwise how could Crulic manage to starve to death?
maybe I paid attention and everything, but I have the feeling I understood the film, and disregard other comments as malicious if they say the storytelling is messy. well, the real one is even messier hence the way Anca Damian chose to say it. my real troubled question is why spoken in Romanian and English and not Polish?! big up for animation, story&subject, voice&direction, documentation, feeling&creativity!
Rounding up reviews of Gimme the Loot, Crulic, Hemel and The Minister.