Radu and Adina, a young couple of graduates, have just made love. She is profoundly in love with him and cannot wait to move to his place; however, he has reservations. While going shopping in a superstore, he bumps into (or thinks to bump into) his ex-girlfriend Nadia.
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Next to "En la ciudad de Sylvia" "Take This Waltz," this is one of most heartbreaking romance about fleeting love & passing time since 21st century. Stimulated by a everlasting feeling like "I'm sure that I'm happy now, but I can't help but think I might have lived a happier life," a lonely soul wanders in the night of Bucharest. Us living a life is hurting other people & ourself deeply, maybe it continues forever.
ROMANIAN SURPRISE. Excellente interprétation et réalisation d'une histoire originale autour de la fragilité du couple dans la vie moderne, sujet traité de manière très captivante. Film à voir, intelligent & délicat. === Excellent interpretation and realization of an original story about the fragility of the couple in modern life, subject treated in a very captivating way. Film to see, intelligent & delicate.
Relationship drama - not - set in Thailand. Ha. Ah the angst of a finicky dude who is not sure what he wants in a relationship and does his very best to fuck up all of the people he's involved with. It's a pretty well shot and well acted film. A bit light in material, but engaging enough. The bookends made me laugh... maybe not the intended response, but I found it kind of funny... in a meaningless sort of way.
What might be a common-or-garden indie movie in other countries is lifted to brilliance by the sort of keen attention to realist detail typical of Romanian cinema. Who else has filmed the all-too-familiar prolonged awkwardness of a lengthy boozy trudge from bar to bar in wintry conditions? Who would so effortlessly make their hero a pathetic, mundane villain. A little gem this film.
Paul Negoescu made an honest film, that reflects a lot of inner struggles of a particular young generation in the hip, festive Bucharest. A bit bored, a bit jaded, this young man is struggling to identify what he wants, who he wants and where he can find happiness, which is somewhat comforting because many of us, at some point, have been there.
This Romanian drama doesn't try to push any cinematic boundaries, but it wins you over with some very good lead performances, a script (co-written by director Paul Negoescu) that mixes in some nice, honest moments in between some meandering scenes that never become boring, and a relatively short runtime that stops it from outstaying its welcome.